Safety around TRAX trains is a two-way contract. The Utah Transit Authority has a responsibility to provide warnings for drivers, train passengers and pedestrians, and operators must maintain proper lookout. But the ultimate responsibility for personal safety rests with the individual. There's no substitute for personal vigilance.
To see what people do around trains, a Tribune reporter watched monitors at the UTA operations center that are connected to cameras at TRAX stations and street crossings. What he saw could be labeled something like "Stupid Human Tricks." He witnessed 79 potentially fatal incidents in two hours during the afternoon commuter rush.
People jaywalked across train tracks. A couple got off a train, then strolled along, talking to each other, oblivious to another, approaching train. Just as the man was about to step in front of the train, his woman companion pulled him back.