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State Lawmaker Calls For Signage Instructing People Who See Someone On Subway Tracks

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A state lawmaker on Monday launched a plan to get the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put up new subway signage, in an effort to help save lives.

Commuters know the subways can be dangerous – riders can fall or get pushed onto the tracks for waiting a train.

With that in mind, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) introduced a bill that would require the MTA to post signs in the subway telling people what they should do if they see someone on the tracks.

"The issue is, what is the clear procedure? Run to get help? See a police officer? Jump on the tracks, or try and somehow go to the end of the station to alert the oncoming subway train?" Avella said. "I don't even know the answer to that, and I'm sure that the average rider does it.

While the MTA has recently released new commercials about subway safety, officials say they do not comment on pending legislation.

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