MTA Launches Campaign to Warn Against Standing Near Platform Edge

"Don't become a statistic," warns one poster

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    The MTA has launched a campaign warning subway riders about standing at the edge of train platforms, with signs that caution straphangers to "be safe" and "be smart."

    The signs note that 146 people were hit by trains in 2011, and 47 of them died.

    They began appearing in subway cars this week, and the campaign will also appear in some form on the backs of MetroCards, inside subway stations and in train car announcements, among other places.

    One poster says "don't become a statistic" and notes that standing at the edge of the platform is dangerous. The drop to the tracks is 4 and 1/2 feet.

    Another says if you drop something on the tracks, "leave it!"

    The MTA says riders should tell a police officer or train personnel about dropped belongings, and should never try to retrieve them.

    The signs are in multiple languages.

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