Live to Help Another Day: Safety Quiz


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To make emergency responders aware of the potential dangers that exist at highway/railway crossings, and the steps to ensure their own safety as well as those in their care.
Training program (video available) and support materials for emergency response instructors, students, and a quiz for everyone. More rail safety information is at

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Live to Help Another Day: Safety Quiz

  1. 1. SAFETY QUIZLive to Help Another DayHighway-Railway Crossing Awareness Training for Emergency Responders
  2. 2. LIVE TO HELP ANOTHER DAYSAFETY QUIZCIRCLE THE BEST ANSWER TO EACH QUESTION1 Approximately, how many vehicle-train 4 How long does it take an average train travelling collisions occur each year? 100 km/h, pulling approximately 8,000 tonnes of a) 150 freight, to STOP after initiating an emergency brake application? b) 250 a) The length of a football field. c) 350 b) 250 metres. d) 450 c) 500 metres.2 On average, over the past five years, how many d) Up to 2 kilometers. fatalities occurred in vehicle-train collisions each year? 5 How many collisions take place at crossings a) 5 with active warning devices such as gates and flashing lights? b) 15 a) Very few. c) 29 b) One in four. d) 41 c) Almost half.3 What does a crossbuck mean? d) Three out of four. a) Stop. b) Yield. 6 When you see a train approaching, why is it hard to judge its speed and distance? c) One way. a) Trains can change speeds suddenly. d) Do not enter. b) An optical illusion makes the train appear to be farther away and moving slower than it actually is. c) Trains do not have two headlights. d) Drivers’ seating position affects their perception.1
  3. 3. INSTRUCTOR’S GUIDEANSWER TRUE OR FALSE TO EACH STATEMENT7 As an emergency vehicle approaching a 13 Over a single straight track with no obstructions, highway-railway crossing, you always have the you can proceed without slowing your vehicle. right of way. 14 If tracks are curved and vision is obstructed,8 A crossbuck is the most common warning or, if there is more than one set of tracks, a crew device at a highway-railway crossing. member should get out of the vehicle and look for approaching trains.9 A stop sign at a highway-railway crossing means the same as a stop sign 15 When approaching a crossing, another crew at regular intersections. member should talk to the driver and determine the driver’s intentions regarding the crossing.10 The number below a crossbuck indicates how many trains cross there. 16 Every collision between a vehicle and a train is preventable.11 Lowered gates and flashing lights mean a train is approaching and you should stop.12 When planning response routes, you should include crossings at which a driver or other crew member has clear sight down the railway tracks in both directions.This document may be reproduced without modification or alteration.© 2011 Operation LifesaverAll Rights Reserved. 2