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.
KAMLOOPS, BC, 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.
Students and parents at Arrow Heights Elementary School in Revelstoke
will also receive a visit from CPPS, as it is never too early to start
learning about how to stay safe around railway tracks and property.
"Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a
safer situation for everybody," said CP Police Sergeant Frank Blandford.
"During Rail Safety Week, officers across our system have the opportunity to
further educate the public to deter risk taking behavior, through enforcement
CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway
crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Kamloops,
Chase, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden.
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 Blandford.
"Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property
creates significant personal risks that often lead to personal injury or
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
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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
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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
April 28 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - Vickar's Road & Third Ave
May 1 - trespass & Traffic Enforcement - 2nd & 3rd St & Lorne St
May 1 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - Pine St & Aylmer Road
April 27 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - Marine Park Dr & Narcisse St
April 28 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - Solsqua-Sicamous Road, Silver
Sands Road & Cambie-Slosqua Road.
April 29 - Railway Safety Education - Arrow Heights Elementary School
April 29 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - McKenzie St & Pearson St
April 30 - Trespass & Traffic Enforcement - 13th St North
For further information:
For further information: Mike LoVecchio, Senior Manager - Media
Relations, Canadian Pacific, (778) 772-9636