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LIRR ads target crossing gate safety

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Long Island Rail Road is running a new ad campaign designed to get the attention of motorists and pedestrians who Ignore flashing crossing gates.

The 15-second public service ad is called "Wait for the Gate."

Newsday says it shows a car being driven around a downed crossing gate before being hit by an oncoming train.

The voice-over warns: "Cars can stop on a dime, trains can't ... Please wait for the gate."

The accident was simulated but an image of a mangled vehicle at the end of the video was taken from a fatal January crash in Brentwood. Police believe the driver was distracted by her phone.

The campaign also includes six outdoor billboards near LIRR stations.

Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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