Stop the Train Whistles in Douglas County, Colorado
We, the undersigned, petition the Union Pacific Railroad Company & the Burlington Northern Railroad Company to remedy the noise pollution problem caused by the damaging sound levels of the train horn when passing through the eight (8) private, at-grade railroad crossings located from Castle Rock to Sedalia and alongside State Road 85 (Sante Fe) in Douglas County, Colorado. As residents living near these crossings, the noise caused by the train whistles at all hours of the day and night is negatively impacting our right to the quiet enjoyment of our home; creating an environment that is detrimental to both health and well-being. Our children cannot get the appropriate rest and sleep they need for their growth and development because of the persistent train whistles throughout the night. It has been well documented and researched to the benefits of a full night sleep and the harms that lack of sleep can cause the human body and mind. Sleep deprivation can impair one’s mind and body; impairing judgment, and causing more accidents and illness. During sleep and rest the body fights infection, illness and other ailments and regenerates the mind. Therefore, places of healing like hospitals, elderly care centers, safe houses, churches and most importantly one’s own private home needs to have an environment that is conducive to restful sleep to help people heal from their ailments and illness. The frequency and the hours of the night that the whistle blows create a negative environment for sleep, healing, working and the overall quality of life. And last, but not least, the invasive train whistles have created an undue financial burden by reducing the property values of our homes.