CN Police mark Rail Safety Week 2011 with public appeal to help reduce rising number of trespassing incidents and fatalities

MONTREAL, May 3 /CNW Telbec/ - With trespassing fatalities in Canada at a three-year high, CN (TSX:CNR) (NYSE: CNI) is marking Rail Safety Week through May 8, 2011, with a public awareness campaign that stresses the deadly risks of trespassing on railway tracks and property. CN Police are issuing a call to action with their SEE IT? REPORT IT! You Could Save a Life initiative, urging members of the public to call CN Police at 1-800-465-9239 if they witness unsafe behaviour on railway property.

"Disobeying railway crossing signals or trespassing on railway property is dangerous and illegal. We don't tolerate people who put their lives - and the lives of others - at risk. We are getting tougher about enforcing the law, and are engaging the public in helping CN Police fight unsafe activity," said CN Police Chief Stephen Covey. "Help us by reporting dangerous behaviour you see; you could save a life. At CN, when it comes to safety, there is no compromise."

CN Police will be out in full force during Rail Safety Week, conducting safety blitzes at commuter stations, CN intermodal terminals and railway crossings in Canada and the United States. This year, CN is increasing its focus on commuter stations, to target a larger audience of rail users, many of whom are parents who will be urged to pass on safety information to their children.

In 2010, there were 261 grade crossing and railway trespassing accidents across Canada, causing 79 fatalities and 47 serious injuries, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. A number of disturbing trends were seen in the 2010 statistics:

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    - Fatalities and serious injuries in 2010 increased by 11 per cent and
      27 per cent, respectively, over 2009 statistics.
    - Trespassing remains the leading cause of rail-related fatalities in
      Canada. Last year, the number of trespassing-related fatalities
      increased by almost six per cent to 55, the highest level since 2007.
    - Serious injuries as a result of trespassing increased in 2010 by almost
      19 per cent, to 19.
    - More than 91 per cent of trespassing incidents in 2010 resulted in
      fatalities (67.9 per cent) or serious injuries (23.5 per cent).
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Faced with the growing seriousness of the trespassing issue, CN Police are undertaking a targeted, year-round endeavour focused on reducing trespassing incidents, fatalities and injuries. Recognizing that youth become more vulnerable to risk-taking behaviour around the ages of 13 and 14, CN Police will be intensifying outreach to this youth group. In addition, CN Police across the system will work to identify the highest risk areas for trespassing in their territory and develop targeted strategies to reduce incidents.

"The consequences of trespassing can be tragic and CN Police are very concerned to see that dangerous behaviour on railway property is on the rise," said Covey. "Through a combination of education and targeted enforcement, including the issuing of more tickets, we will work to change attitudes and behaviour."

Operation Lifesaver and its partners created Rail Safety Week in 2003 to raise public awareness of the potential dangers at highway/railway crossings and from trespassing on railway property.

CN has been promoting railway safety for more than 25 years through its All Aboard for Safety community education program. Every year, CN Police officers make hundreds of All Aboard for Safety presentations and talk to more than 300,000 children and adults at schools and community events in Canada and the United States about the importance of safety and the dangers of walking or playing on or near railway tracks. Part of the strength of this program is the collaborative relationship with major community safety partners Operation Lifesaver, Safe Kids Canada, Safe Communities Canada and SMARTRISK.

CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

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For more information about the CN safety blitzes in your area, see the attached list.

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                         2011 Safety Blitz Locations

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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    BRITISH COLUMBIA
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    Kamloops      Puett Ranch     Enforcement       04/05/11  10:30 to 11:30
                  Road Crossing   and Safety
                  (Rayleigh       Blitz
                  area)
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    Kamloops      Tranquille X    Enforcement       06/05/11  13:00 to 14:00
                  Ord Roads,      and Safety
                  Railway         Blitz
                  Crossing
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    Kamloops      McLean Street   Enforcement       06/05/11  14:00 to 15:00
                  Railway         and Safety
                  Crossing        Blitz
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    Ladner        5016, 44th      Ladner            06/05/11  17:00 to 20:00
                  Avenue          Elementary
                                  Fundraiser
                                  for CN All
                                  Aboard for
                                  Safety Booth.
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    Langley       19705 Fraser    Community         07/05/11  08:00 to 17:00
                  Highway         Safety Blitz
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    Prince        Boundary Road   Enforcement       03/05/11  10:00 to 12:00
    George        Railway         and Safety
                  Crossing        Blitz
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    Prince        Boundary Road   Enforcement       06/05/11  08:00 to 15:00
    George        Railway         and Safety
                  Crossing        Blitz. J.F.O.
                                  with Prince
                                  George R.C.M.P.
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    Richmond      Number 5 Road   Officer on the    04/05/11  09:00 to 12:00
                  Crossing -      Train.
                  located mid-    Travelling over
                  way between     several
                  Vulcan Way and  crossings.
                  River Road
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    Terrace       Kenny Road      Enforcement       02/05/11  12:00 to 14:00
                  Railway         and Safety
                  Crossing        Blitz
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    Terrace       CN Terrace      Officer on        03/05/11  11:00 to 13:00
                  Yard            the Train.
                  3007 Kalum      Travelling over
                  Street          several
                                  crossings.
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    Terrace       Sub. Station    Enforcement       04/05/11  08:00 to 12:00
                  Road Railway    and Safety
                  Crossing        Bltiz. J.F.O.
                                  With R.C.M.P.
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    Vancouver     1100 Station    VIA Rail Station  04/05/11  08:00 to 12:00
                  Street          - Pacific
                                  Central Station.
                                  Safety Blitz
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    White Rock    15299 Pacific   R.C.M.P.          08/05/11  11:00 to 15:00
                  Avenue          Detachment Open
                                  House, Safety
                                  Blitz.
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    ALBERTA
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    Edmonton      138th. Avenue,  Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  06:30 to 08:00
                  Cross Street,   Commuter L.R.T.
                  50th Street     Station
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    Edmonton      121 Street      Safety Blitz      03/05/11  06:30 to 08:00
                  Cross Street    VIA Rail Station
                  Yellowhead
                  Trail
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    MANITOBA
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    Winnipeg      123 Main        Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  08:00 to 10:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Winnipeg      123 Main        Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  20:00 to 22:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Winnipeg      Pembina         CN Yard,          04/05/11  09:00 to 11:00
                  Highway X       Trespass
                  Parker Avenue   Enforcement
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    Winnipeg      123 Main        Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  08:00 to 10:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Winnipeg      123 Main        Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  20:00 to 22:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    ONTARIO
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    Brampton      7575 Kennedy    Peel Safety       02/05/11  09:30 to 10:00
                  Road South      Village
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    Brampton      Mississauga     Enforcement and   04/05/11  19:00 to 21:00
                  Road North of   Safety Blitz
                  Bovaird Drive
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    Brampton      7575 Kennedy    Peel Safety       04/05/11  09:30 to 10:00
                  Road South      Village
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    Brantford     5 Wadsworth     Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  07:00 to 08:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Brantford     5 Wadsworth     Safety Blitz -    03/05/11  07:00 to 08:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Brantford     5 Wadsworth     Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  07:00 to 08:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Brantford     407 Elgin       Brant Safety      06/05/11  13:00 to 13:30
                  Street          Village
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    Brockville    Perth Street    Enforcement and   04/05/11  09:00 to 11:00
                  Crossing        Safety Blitz
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    Burlington    1151 Bronte     Halton Safety     04/05/11  09:30 to 11:30
                  Road            Village
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    Capreol       Young Street X  Enforcement and   03/05/11  09:00 to 11:00
                  Bloor Street    Safety Blitz
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    Cornwall      1650 Station    Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  10:00 to 12:00
                  Road            VIA Rail Station
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    Fort Frances  Hwy 11          Enforcement and   06/05/11  08:00 to 10:00
    (Couchiching                  Safety Blitz
    1st Nation)
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    Grimsby       99 Ontario      Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  14:30 to 15:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    London        205 York        Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  07:30 to 08:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    London        205 York        Safety Blitz -    03/05/11  07:30 to 08:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    London        Rectory Street  Enforcement and   03/05/11  11:00 to 12:00
                                  Safety Blitz
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    Longlac       Picnic Point    Enforcement and   04/05/11  13:00  to 15:00
                  Road near the   Safety Blitz
                  mill
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    Mississauga   Lorneparke      Enforcement and   06/05/11  14:00 to 16:00
                  Road            Safety Blitz
                  South of
                  Lakeshore Blvd.
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    Oakville      200 Cross       Safety Blitz -    03/05/11  08:30 to 09:30
                  Avenue          VIA Rail Station
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    Oakville      200 Cross       Safety Blitz -    04/05/11  17:30 to 18:30
                  Avenue          VIA Rail Station
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    Oshawa        915 Bloor       Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  16:00 to 17:00
                  Street West     VIA Rail Station
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    Sault         4th Line X      Enforcement and   06/05/11  12:00 to 14:00
    St. Marie     Peoples Road    Safety Blitz
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    Stouffville   3291            York Safety       02/05/11  09:30 to 10:00
                  Stouffville     Village
                  Road
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    Stouffville   3291            York Safety       04/05/11  09:30 to 10:00
                  Stouffville     Village
                  Road
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    Thunder Bay   James St South  Enforcement and   05/05/11  14:00 to 16:00
                                  Safety Blitz on
                                  South Swing
                                  Bridge
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    Toronto       Pottery Road X  Enforcement and   04/05/11  13:00 to 15:00
                  Bayview Avenue  Safety Blitz
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    Welland       300 Woodlawn    Niagara Region    05/05/11  09:30 to 13:30
                  Road            Children's Safety
                                  Village
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    QUEBEC
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    Deux          Boul. Deux      Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  15:00 to 17:00
    Montagnes     Montagnes       AMT Train Station
                                  Deux Montagnes,
                                  J.F.O. with Deux
                                  Montagnes Police
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    Montreal      Boul. Henri     Safety Blitz -    04/05/11  07:00 to 09:00
                  Bourassa        AMT Train
                                  Station,
                                  Bois Franc
                                  J.F.O.
                                  with Montreal
                                  Police
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    Montreal      Boul. Henri     Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  07:00 to 09:30
                  Bourassa        AMT Train
                                  Station, Du
                                  Ruisseau J.F.O.
                                  With Montreal
                                  Police
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    Montreal      Rue de la       Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  15:00 to 17:00
                  Gauchetiere     AMT Train
                  Ouest           Station Lucien
                                  L'allier
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    Montreal      Rue de la       Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  15:00 to 18:00
                  Gauchetiere     VIA Rail Station
                  Ouest
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    Québec /      Avenue des      Enforcement and   02/05/11  09:30 to 10:30
    Charny        Églises         Safety Blitz
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    Québec        450 rue de la   Safety Blitz -    03/05/11  13:00 to 13:30
                  Gare du Palais  VIA Rail Station
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    Québec        Avenue Plante   Enforcement and   04/05/11  13:00 to 14:00
                                  Safety Blitz
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    Québec        Boul. Père-     Enforcement and   05/05/11  09:30 to 10:30
                  Lelièvre        Safety Blitz
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    Québec /      3255 chemin de  Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  13:00 to 13:30
    Ste-Foy       la Gare         VIA Rail Station
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    NEW BRUNSWICK
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    Moncton       1240 Main       Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  10:30 to 12:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Moncton       1240 Main       Safety Blitz -    02/05/11  15:30 to 17:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Moncton       1240 Main       Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  10:30 to 12:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Moncton       1240 Main       Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  15:30 to 17:30
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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      City          Street          Activity          Date     Start/Finish
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    NOVA SCOTIA
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    Halifax       1161 Hollis     Safety Blitz -    03/05/11  09:00 to 16:00
                  Street          VIA Rail Station
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    Halifax/     110 Wyse Road    Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  09:00 to 16:00
    Dartmouth                     Dartmouth
                                  Sportsplex
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    Halifax/      110 Wyse Road   Safety Blitz -    05/05/11  18:00 to 20:00
    Dartmouth                     Dartmouth
                                  Sportsplex
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    Halifax/      110 Wyse Road   Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  09:00 to 16:00
    Dartmouth                     Dartmouth
                                  Sportsplex
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    Halifax/      110 Wyse Road   Safety Blitz -    06/05/11  18:00 to 20:00
    Dartmouth                     Dartmouth
                                  Sportsplex
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    Halifax/      110 Wyse Road   Safety Blitz -    07/05/11  10:00 to 16:00
    Dartmouth                     Dartmouth
                                  Sportsplex
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/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE CN

For further information: For an interview with the CN Police Chief, contact: Media Contacts: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba: Warren Chandler, Manager, Public and Government Affairs, (780) 472-3732; Ontario: Frank Binder, Manager, Public and Government Affairs, (905) 669-3128; Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick: Julie Senécal, Manager, Public and Government Affairs, (514) 399-4048


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