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Amtrak launches safety campaign to curb pedestrian accidents on tracks

Original post made on Feb 22, 2010

Amtrak is kicking off a rail safety campaign today to reduce the number of pedestrians who are killed or injured by trains, just three days after a 14-year-old student was struck and killed on the tracks in Pleasanton and less than a week after a woman was struck by an Amtrak train in Oakland.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 22, 2010, 7:48 AM

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Posted by Mismatch
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Why is the AVHS student's name used in this article about safety around tracks?

Is the implication that she needed "Common Sense" safety around tracks training? What the ??

Why are the two issues of safety around tracks and suicide being muddled together?

"California leads the nation in pedestrian-train fatalities, with a large percentage of them occurring in the Bay Area, according to Amtrak." How many of those were truly accidental? How many of those were sadly deliberate suicides?

Aren't suicide and safety around tracks two COMPLETELY (caps for emphasis only, not yelling) different issues that need very different responses and resources?


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Posted by aware
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 22, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I doubt there are many "accidents"... evrybody knows, where there are tracks, there are trains.


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Posted by guess what
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

There are accidents. A couple years ago a young girl in Burlingame had her ipod blasting and got hit by a train.
The suicide issue could be considered a momentary lapse in judgement that should try to be prevented.


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Posted by anne l
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 23, 2010 at 8:34 pm

At least it is being discussed. If it saves one life it's worth it.


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Posted by Mismatch
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

"At least it is being discussed. If it saves one life it's worth it."

Saving a life is great. Saving many lives with the proper allocation of resources is better.

"California leads the nation in pedestrian-train fatalities, with a large percentage of them occurring in the Bay Area, according to Amtrak."

How many of those were suicides, probable suicides, undetermined, determined to be other than suicide?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

saving one life matters...ping!

if you wanna save "many lives" be my guest...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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