Transit officials today urged pedestrians and motorists to always remember to make safety their top priority when approaching train tracks.
Marking the onset of this year's "Rail Safety Month,'' which runs through the end of September, the administrators of North County Transit District and their railroad-service partners are encouraging the public to prevent accidents by heeding train warning signals and to traverse the tracks only at designated crossings.
"We are asking the public to take time to know the facts about rail safety and make good decisions,'' NCTD board Chairwoman Jewel Edson said. "Share rail safety information so together we can stop track tragedies.''
Last year, California ranked first in the nation in pedestrian rail-
trespass accidents, with 242, including 141 fatalities, according to the Oceanside-based transit agency.