Rail Safety Week in Canada April 27 - May 3, 2009
CALGARY, April 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is
taking its public safety message directly to the street, during Rail Safety
Week which runs from April 27 to May 3 in Canada.
CP Police officers from Montreal to Vancouver will conduct more than 100
safety and enforcement blitzes in communities across Canada. They will remind
students, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists about the important message of
staying safe around railway crossings and property.
"This week our focus is to build on the education efforts of programs
such as Operation Lifesaver by deploying officers to enforce the laws that
relate specifically to railway safety," said CPPS Chief Ivan McClelland.
"Safety is everyone's responsibility, safety needs to be top of mind at all
In 2008, Transport Canada reported 214 crossing collisions across Canada,
26 fatalities and 36 serious injuries. There were also 101 trespasser
incidents, including 56 fatalities and 27 serious injuries.
"These statistics highlight the need for increased safety awareness
around railways," added Chief McClelland. "We are taking a more pro-active
approach and confronting the problem head on." "Shifting our focus from
education to enforcement activities." "Our aim is to reinforce the need for
safety and to deter people from taking unnecessary risks."
People who trespass on railway property or fail to yield the right-of-way
to an approaching train at a crossing risk death or serious injury and are
subject to being charged with a number of offences under the Rail Safety Act.
People can report offences occurring at crossings and on railway property by
contacting the Canadian Pacific Police Service at: 1-800-716-9132 or their
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, intends to be the safest, and most fluid
railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering innovative
transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe operation
of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we operate. Come and
visit us at www.cpr.ca to see how we can put our ingenuity to work for you.
Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Editor's Note: For information/assistance on Rail Safety Week activities
in your area, please contact Mike LoVecchio for specifics.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: Mike LoVecchio, Senior Manager -
Media Relations, Canadian Pacific, (778) 772-9636