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
"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
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
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
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
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
May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Rear of 1290, Central Parkway
April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station
May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station
April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Whitby
April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Oshawa
April 30 - Trespass Enforcement - Trenton Rail Yard at Sidney St.
April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Bolton
April 28 - Trespass & Crossing Enforcement - Railway Property in Alliston
April 27 - Trespass & Crossing Enforcement - Main St. crossing
May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Main St. & Court Street
April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Hamilton
April 27 - Crossing Enforcement - Hespeler Road crossing
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
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