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Operation Lifesaver airs radio spots to raise motorists' awareness about fall peak's, hurricanes' effect on rail traffic

Operation Lifesaver is airing 30-second public service announcements (PSAs) on radio stations in 13 states to promote rail safety in farming communities and raise motorists’ crossing awareness in cities experiencing rail traffic increases because of recent hurricanes.

Fall peak grain harvests mean more farm vehicles will be crossing tracks, said Operation Lifesaver President Gerri Hall in a prepared statement. So, the non-profit organization is relying on the radio spots to encourage farmers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin to take extra care when driving vehicles over a crossing. The PSAs also will reach farmers in Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming, Hall said.

Meanwhile, Operation Lifesaver is airing the announcements on radio stations in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee to caution motorists to be safe around busy tracks used to re-route rail traffic away from hurricane-impacted areas.

"We’re reaching out to remind certain audiences that … it’s more important than ever to look, listen and live at highway-rail grade crossings," said Hall.

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