IMPROVED TRACKSIDE SAFETY CREATES A SAFER ONTARIO

During Rail Safety Week in Canada - May 2 to May 8 - the Canadian Pacific Police Service will take its public safety message directly to the street.

CALGARY, April 28 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Police Service officers will conduct safety and enforcement blitzes in communities across the Province of Ontario next week during Rail Safety Week.

"Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property creates significant unnecessary personal risks, often resulting in fatalities and personal injuries," said Canadian Pacific Police Service Sergeant Neil Shannon. "Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a safer situation for us all."

CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Toronto, Windsor, Durham, Vaughan, Hamilton, Caledon, Milton and Mississauga.

In 2010, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada recorded 180 crossing accidents, resulting in 24 fatalities and 28 serious injuries. Crossing fatalities increased 26% across Canada last year. The TSB also recorded 81 trespasser incidents, resulting in 55 fatalities and 19 serious injuries. Trespasser fatalities increased five percent over 2009. The numbers do not include the many near collisions that take place every year.

People trespassing on railway property or failing to yield the right-of-way to an approaching train at a crossing risk death or serious injury. Both actions are offences under the federal Rail Safety Act or applicable provincial legislation. Offences occurring at crossings and on railway property can be reported to the Canadian Pacific Police Service at 1-800-716-9132 or to local police.

About Canadian Pacific Police Service:

The Canadian Pacific Police Service is a police agency created by Federal Statute with full federal and provincial powers. CPPS officers are peace officers as defined by the Criminal code. The CPPS plays an important role in public safety and enforcement in the communities where Canadian Pacific operates. CPPS officers typically promote public safety through trespasser abatement patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at railway crossings and participation in education activities to raise awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect the critical infrastructure of Canada and the US by ensuring supply chain security and ensuring the operational efficiency of the transportation network.

Editor's Note: For information/assistance on Rail Safety Week activities in your area, please contact Randy Marsh @ 416-738- 5949 for Ontario location specifics.

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    Canadian Pacific Police Services Rail Safety Activities in your area:
    List of priority enforcements:

    May 3  King St E at East Bend Ave N, Hamilton  0600-0900 hrs
           Crossing/Speed Enforcement
           Islington Ave. OP. Toronto  0700-0900 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           King St crossing. Caledon  1030-1230 hrs Crossing/Speed
           Enforcement
           John St crossing area, Weston,  1700-1900 hrs Trespass/Crossing
           Enforcement
           Dougall Ave crossing area, Windsor  1000-1200 hrs Traffic
           Enforcement
    May 4  Main St E, east of Gage Ave N, Hamilton  0600-0900 hrs Crossing
           Enforcement
           Nashville Rd. crossing. Vaughan  1000-1200 hrs Crossing/Speed
           Enforcement
           Scarborough  1700-1900 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           McDougall Ave crossing, Windsor  1000-1200 Traffic Enforcement
    May 5  Dewitt Rd & Maple Ave, Hamilton  0600-0900 hrs Crossing/Speed
           Enforcement
           Osler St to Yonge St, N of Dupont St. Toronto  0900-1200 hrs
           Trespass Enforcement
           Town of Milton  1330-1530 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           City of Mississauga  1700-1900 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           Tecumseh Road West crossing, Windsor  1000-1200 hrs Traffic
           Enforcement
    May 6  Town of Bowmanville  0730-0930 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           Cities of Whitby and Oshawa  1430-1630 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           Dixie Rd crossing, Pickering  1700-1900 hrs Crossing Enforcement
           McDougall Ave crossing, Windsor  1000-1200 hrs Traffic Enforcement
    May 7  Scugog St crossing. Bowmanville  1000-1200 hrs Crossing/Trespass
           Enforcement
           Town of Port Hope  1730-1930 hrs Trespass Enforcement
           Dougall Ave crossing, Windsor  1000-1200 & 1400-1600 hrs Traffic
           Enforcement
    May 8  McDougall Ave crossing, Windsor  1000-1200 & 1400-1600 hrs Traffic
           Enforcement
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SOURCE Canadian Pacific Police Service

For further information: Media contact: Randy Marsh, Director Government and Public Affairs, Canadian Pacific, 416-738-5949, 416 814-0948 24/7 media pager, randy_marsh@cpr.ca

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