In efforts to further increase public awareness of rail safety, Operation Lifesaver launched Rail Safety Week Monday.
The group of both railroaders and citizens is also marking it’s 35th anniversary.
The theme this year is See Tracks/ Think!
Canadians are being asked to take a moment to learn about what they should and shouldn’t be doing around railway tracks and properties.
The group says last month alone, there were 33 crossing incidents which resulted in 2 fatalities, and 14 trespassing incidents which resulted in 9 fatalities.
“For the last 35 years Operation Lifesaver has been dedicated to preventing as many crossing and trespassing incidents as possible by raising awareness of rail safety among all Canadians. Crossing and pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility among communities, rail operators and all levels of government. Support from those parties has resulted in lives saved and injuries prevented, with the past year being one of our best on record. Yet, for all there is to celebrate, we must also remember that there is still more to be done, because every injury or death is entirely preventable.” – Operation Lifesaver National Director Mike Regimbal.
“The Government of Canada is committed to reducing rail injuries and fatalities by investing in measures that raise awareness and improve the safety of Canadians. I congratulate Operation Lifesaver for its commitment over the last 35 years, in raising awareness and educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding rail property and trains. Knowing how to avoid the dangers around railway tracks is one of the most effective strategies we have in protecting our youth, families, friends and ourselves from harm.” – The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.