LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Preventing train vehicle accidents is the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's focus this week.

A team from WisDOT stopped in La Crosse today to increases awareness for railway safety.

The group lead a class on how to be safe and attentive near train tracks whether you are a pedestrian or in a vehicle.

Officials want to make sure people are paying attention near tracks since load-bearing trains can take more than a mile to come to a stop.

"A disaster is distractions. It's major. Everybody's on their phone, cellphone, GPS. We really want you to pay attention. When you start noticing that big yellow sign at first on the railroad crossings, ditch your distractions," says The State Coordinator for Wisconsin Operation Life Saver Suzy Klinger.

Wisconsin had 36 railway crashes last year.