CP Police steps up safety enforcement in Metro Vancouver



    
    Rail Safety Week is April 27- May 3, 2009

    Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) will conduct crossing and rail
    property trespassing enforcement, as part of Railway Safety Week in
    Canada, which runs from April 27 to May 3.
    

    VANCOUVER, April 24 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific and its police service are
dedicated to promoting public safety awareness of railway safety issues. CPPS
officers will be out next week reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
about the important message of staying safe around railway crossings and
property.
    "Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a
safer situation for everybody," said CP Police Sergeant Steve Gregoris.
"During Rail Safety Week, officers across our system have the opportunity to
further educate the public to deter risk taking behavior, through enforcement
activities."
    CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway
crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Vancouver,
Langley, Coquitlam, Mission, Abbotsford and Maple Ridge (Haney).
    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 numbers do
not include the many near collisions that take place every year.
    "Building public awareness is our top priority," said Sergeant Gregoris.
"Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property
creates significant personal risks that often lead to personal injury or
death."
    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
local police.

    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.

    
    Canadian Pacific Rail Safety Activities in your area
    ----------------------------------------------------

    Vancouver
    April 30 - Crossing Enforcement, Port Metro Vancouver - Stewart St/
    Commissioner St Crossings

    Langley
    May 1 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - 200th St crossing, Crush
    Crescent

    Coquitlam
    April 29 - Traffic Enforcement - Westwood St crossing

    Mission
    May 2 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - London Ave crossing

    Abbotsford
    April 28 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - 4th Ave & Vye Road,
    Essendeene, George Ferguson Road, Clayburn Road & Townshiline Road &
    Harris Road

    Maple Ridge (Haney)
    April 27 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - Maple Meadows Way, 203rd St,
    Tamarack lane & 240th St.
    





For further information:

For further information: Mike LoVecchio, Senior Manager, Media
Relations, Canadian Pacific, (778) 772-9636


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