VERNON, Vt. — Vermont law enforcement officials are spreading awareness about railroad safety as part of a national initiative.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports ( ) the Windham County Sheriff’s Office and other departments across the country participated in “Operation Clear Track” this week. The initiative is part of the United States Rail Safety Week and supported by Operation Lifesaver and Amtrak. Under the plan, authorities hope to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities.

Vernon, St. Albans, Essex Junction and Windsor all participated in the effort.

Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark says it’s important to get the word out about safety. Vermont has had multiple train-related fatalities in recent years.

Authorities say pedestrians should only cross train tracks at designated crossings. Drivers are advised to never stop on a grade crossing while in traffic.

Information from: Brattleboro Reformer,

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