OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW/ - Operation Lifesaver's Rail Safety Week was
launched today in more than 200 municipalities across Canada. The national
campaign promotes safe decisions around highway-railway crossings and freight
and passenger train operations. It is sponsored by Transport Canada, the
nation's railways and their partners.
Crossing collisions dropped to 214 in 2008 from 221 the year earlier.
Trespass incidents were down to 73 last year from 101 in 2007. Crossing
fatalities, 73, were unchanged year over year but trespass fatalities dropped
from 57 in 2007 to 47 last year. Serious injuries at crossings increased from
22 in 2007 to 36 last year but serious injuries from trespassing dropped from
27 the year prior to 20 in 2008.
The Rail Safety Week includes mock collisions, interactive kiosks,
websites for kids, driver education classes for new motorists, safety blitzes
and trespass enforcement initiatives at several locations across the country.
Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver, said virtually all
the incidents can be prevented with care and attention. "The life you save
could be your own," he said.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Dan Di Tota, OL, (613)
564-8094; Roger Cameron, Railway Association of Canada, (613) 564-8097; Sean
Rushton, Transport Canada, (613) 991-6031