As Rail Safety Week gets underway (April 25- May 1) DRPS is joining Canadian Pacific (CP) and the CP Police Service (CPPS) to educate the public about making smart decisions around tracks and trains
Take a look at our latest safety video produced for Rail Safety Week here .
In partnership with Operation Lifesaver, CP is reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that any route that includes illegally crossing railway tracks or using railway tracks as a short cut is the wrong route.
Throughout the week, CP and CPPS will conduct rail safety blitzes in our local communities with assistance from DRPS and schools to educate the public about the role we each play in staying safe.
While Rail Safety Week is a good reminder, rail safety requires ongoing vigilance every minute of every day. Crossing incidents can have tragic consequences for all involved, but it's important to remember they are preventable. The safe operation of trains through the communities in which it operate is a priority for CP.
During Rail Safety Week, CPPS will also be visible in the community educating people about the dangers of trespassing on railway property. CPPS will focus on high traffic areas where the railway sees high instances of trespassing or dangerous behaviour around the railway right-of-way.
Although the number of crossing and trespasser incidents and fatalities has declined year-over-year, one incident is one too many.
- 164 vehicle vs. train incidents in Canada in 2015; 14 resulted in fatalities
- 53 trespasser vs. train incidents in Canada in 2015; 31 resulted in fatalities
- 14 trespasser accidents in Canada in the first three month of 2016; seven in 2015
People can follow CP's rail safety outreach activities and get safety tips on Facebook and Twitter Share your rail safety story using #SeeTracksThinkTrain #RSW2016. More information about Rail Safety Week can be found at operationlifesaver.ca.
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