H.C.R. No. 49
         WHEREAS, Train safety is a vital issue that affects all
  Texans, and promoting awareness of correct safety procedures around
  railroads can potentially save many lives; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas Department of Insurance reports that a
  train hits someone in the United States every 115 minutes, often
  with fatal results, and the nonprofit Operation Lifesaver
  calculates that an average of nearly 1,200 Americans are killed or
  injured each year on highway-rail grade crossings; according to the
  Federal Railroad Administration, in 2015, Texas led the nation in
  highway-rail grade collisions with 224 such incidents and suffered
  42 pedestrian rail trespass injuries and 27 pedestrian rail
  trespass fatalities, the second most of any state; and
         WHEREAS, An average train consisting of 100 cars can weigh 12
  million pounds and can take up to one mile to halt after first
  applying its brakes; because the average weight ratio of a train to
  a car is 4,000 to 1, collisions between the two usually result in
  tragedy for motor vehicle drivers, and a motorist is 20 times more
  likely to die in a train/vehicle collision than in a collision with
  another vehicle; and
         WHEREAS, It is important to always use caution near railroad
  crossings, including slowing down, looking both ways, yielding to
  flashing lights and other signals, and keeping a safe distance from
  the railroad when stopped; train safety is equally important for
  pedestrians, and the only safe and legal place to cross railroad
  tracks is at a designated pedestrian or roadway crossing; and
         WHEREAS, It is imperative that motorists and pedestrians
  throughout the Lone Star State better understand the dangers that
  exist around railroads and the necessity of following proper train
  safety practices; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate July as Train Safety Awareness Month; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That in accordance with the provisions of Section
  391.004(d), Government Code, this designation remain in effect
  until the 10th anniversary of the date this resolution is finally
  passed by the legislature.
  Anderson of McLennan
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 49 was adopted by the House on May
  9, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 6, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 49 was adopted by the Senate on May
  24, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________