safety_signWaiting behind candy-striped, mechanical arms and flashing lights at railroad crossings has long been a source of irritation for harried motorists, but it beats being smacked by a train.

Oklahomans soon will begin seeing a lot more of those flashing crossing signals and hopefully fewer collisions.

Determined to improve safety, the state is about to embark on an ambitious project to spend $100 million improving 300 railroad crossings over the next three years, said Terri Angier, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

Read more from The Oklahoman.