Letters to the Editor

Get serious about crossing safety

Railroad crossing gates made of plastic do not stop crossing accidents.

If Illinois and the railroads want to stop accidents, the crossing gates need to mimic German railroad crossing gates. They use steel pipe all the way across the street with weights as a counterbalance. They also have chains hanging down to a second pipe that prevents someone from driving under the gates.

Their trains run at a much higher speed and have very few accidents causing deaths.

James J. Harrigan