IMPROVED TRACKSIDE SAFETY CREATES A SAFER ALBERTA

During Rail Safety Week in Canada - May 2 to May 8 - the Canadian Pacific Police Service will take its public safety message directly to the street

EDMONTON, April 29 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Police Service officers will conduct safety and enforcement blitzes in communities across Alberta next week during Rail Safety Week.

"Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property creates significant unnecessary personal risks, often resulting in fatalities and personal injuries," said Canadian Pacific Police Service Sergeant Doug Marianchuk. "Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a safer situation for us all."

CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations across Central and Southern Alberta.

In 2010, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada recorded 180 crossing accidents, resulting in 24 fatalities and 28 serious injuries. Crossing fatalities increased 26% across Canada last year. The TSB also recorded 81 trespasser incidents, resulting in 55 fatalities and 19 serious injuries. Trespasser fatalities increased five percent over 2009. The numbers do not include the many near collisions that take place every year.

People trespassing on railway property or failing to yield the right-of-way to an approaching train at a crossing risk death or serious injury. Both actions are offences under the federal Rail Safety Act or applicable provincial legislation. Offences occurring at crossings and on railway property can be reported to the Canadian Pacific Police Service at 1-800-716-9132 or to local police.

About Canadian Pacific Police Service:

The Canadian Pacific Police Service is a police agency created by Federal Statute with full federal and provincial powers. CPPS officers are peace officers as defined by the Criminal code. The CPPS plays an important role in public safety and enforcement in the communities where Canadian Pacific operates. CPPS officers typically promote public safety through trespasser abatement patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at railway crossings and participation in education activities to raise awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect the critical infrastructure of Canada and the US by ensuring supply chain security and ensuring the operational efficiency of the transportation network.

Editor's Note: For information/assistance on Rail Safety Week activities in your area, please contact Kevin Hrysak for specifics. Media are welcome to attend any of the following Canadian Pacific Police Service rail safety activities in your area:

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    Banff
    -----
    Wednesday May 4
    Trespass Enforcement

    Camrose
    -------
    Saturday May 7
    Traffic and Trespass Enforcement

    Canmore
    -------
    Monday May 2
    Trespass Enforcement

    Calgary
    -------
    Tuesday May 3
    Traffic Enforcement
    84th Street SE crossing

    Friday May 6
    Trespass and Traffic Enforcement
    Downtown, 84th Avenue SE crossing, and 114th Avenue SE crossing

    Saturday May 7
    Trespass and Traffic Enforcement
    Downtown, 17th Avenue SE crossing, and 69th Avenue SE crossing

    Sunday May 8
    Traffic and Crossing Enforcement
    52nd Street SE crossing, 69th Avenue SE crossing and 8th Street SE
    crossing

    Cochrane
    --------
    Wednesday May 4
    Trespass Enforcement

    Edmonton
    --------
    Tuesday May 3
    Trespass Enforcement
    50th Street crossing

    Sunday May 8
    Traffic and Crossing Enforcement
    91st Street crossing

    Fort Macleod
    ------------
    Thursday May 5
    Joint Traffic and Crossing Enforcement with the RCMP

    Lacombe
    -------
    Monday May 2
    Trespass Enforcement
    Downtown Lacombe and at the main rail crossing

    Lacombe to Stettler
    -------------------
    Thursday May 5
    Traffic and Crossing Enforcement

    Leduc
    -----
    Wednesday May 4
    Trespass Enforcement

    Lloydminster
    ------------
    Friday May 6
    Traffic and Trespass Enforcement

    Medicine Hat
    ------------
    Monday May 2
    Trespass and Traffic Enforcement
    North and South Railway Street

    Thursday May 5
    Traffic Enforcement
    North and South Railway Street

    Friday May 6
    Traffic and Crossing Enforcement

    Medicine Hat to Bassano
    -----------------------
    Friday May 6
    Traffic Enforcement

    Red Deer
    --------
    Thursday May 5
    Trespass Enforcement

    Redcliff to Brooks
    ------------------
    Thursday May 5
    Joint Traffic and Crossing Enforcement with the RCMP and Sherriff

    Wetaskiwin
    ----------
    Wednesday May 4
    Traffic Enforcement
    40th Avenue level crossing
    >>

SOURCE Canadian Pacific Police Service

For further information: Media contact: Kevin Hrysak, Manager, Media Relations - West, Canadian Pacific, 403 836-3874, 416 814-0948 24/7 media pager

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