No need for fences by train tracks

February 03, 2010

I disagree that Amtrak is responsible for keeping up a fence along their track ("Hey, Amtrak: Good fences make good neighbors," Feb. 1). For years I have heard about kids and adults being run over. Kids have climbed box cars and been electrocuted by the overhead wires. But you can't fence the entire railroad.

Why don't we see more fatlities from people crossing I-95? Because no one would ever think of crossing it. So why can't people learn to stay off the tracks?

A fence won't work. Tracks are private property, and if people would stay off them they wouldn't get hurt. I have never heard of a train leaving the tracks to chase someone down the street.

Steve Erlitz, Elkridge

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