Railroad safety was the focus of an event Tuesday in Meridian. Officials with Mississippi Operation Lifesaver were in town trying to help residents understand the dangers of rail lines.
They passed out safety brochures at a couple of different rail crossings in town.
Officials say, all too often, train tracks are taken for granted by drivers.
"We've been having problems in the southern part of the state, as well as the eastern part of the state, with highway grade crossing collisions," said Kimbler Stone of Operation Lifesaver. "And we just like to come out and make everyone aware of all the danger with railroad crossings. "
Seventeen people died in train-car accidents last year in Mississippi, almost double from the previous year.