CP Police steps up safety enforcement in Southern Ontario



    
    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.
    

    TORONTO, 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 Constable Ron Morrison. "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 Toronto,
Mississauga, Bowmanville, Whitby, Oshawa, Trenton, Bolton, Alliston, Milton,
Hamilton, Cambridge, London and Windsor.
    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 Constable Morrison.
"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
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    Toronto
    April 27 - Trespass Enforcement - Campbell Ave at DuPont St & Islington
    Ave at Bloor St
    April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Campbell Ave at DuPont St & Islington
    Ave at Bloor St
    April 30 - Trespass Enforcement - Yonge St to Mount Pleasant Blvd at
    Shaftesbury & Islington Ave at Bloor St

    Mississauga
    May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Rear of 1290, Central Parkway

    Bowmanville
    April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station
    May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station

    Whitby
    April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Whitby

    Oshawa
    April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Oshawa

    Trenton
    April 30 - Trespass Enforcement - Trenton Rail Yard at Sidney St.

    Bolton
    April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Bolton

    Alliston
    April 28 - Trespass & Crossing Enforcement - Railway Property in Alliston

    Milton
    April 27 - Trespass & Crossing Enforcement - Main St. crossing
    May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Main St. & Court Street

    Hamilton
    April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Hamilton

    Cambridge (Kitchener)
    April 27 - Crossing Enforcement - Hespeler Road crossing

    London
    April 28 - Crossing Enforcement - Adelaide St crossing
    April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Wonderland Road
    April 30 - Crossing Enforcement - Clark Road crossing
    April 30 - Trespass Enforcement - Wonderland Road & London Rail Yard

    Windsor
    April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Yard in Windsor
    April 29 - Crossing Enforcement - Tecumseh Road west crossing
    April 30 - Crossing Enforcement - Howard Ave crossing
    May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Walkerville Rail Yard
    





For further information:

For further information: Michel Spenard, Media Relations, Manager,
Canadian Pacific, (514) 835-1774


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