OTTAWA, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - Operation Lifesaver, Canada's dedicated
not-for-profit organization focused on preventing impacts associated
with train collisions with motor vehicles and trespassing on rail
property, today launched "OFF THE RAILS" a nation-wide rail safety contest designed for 11-14year olds.
"Youngsters do not always assess risk well, sometimes going as far as
engaging in unsafe activities," said Operation Lifesaver National
Director Dan Di Tota. "The "OFF THE RAILS" contest challenges youngsters to put on their creative caps and design
a rail-safety message in print or using multi-media that reaches their
peers and may save lives."
Since 1980 the number of crossing collisions (where a train and motor
vehicle collide) in Canada has fallen dramatically from over 800
annually to approximately 200 in 2010. While this reduction speaks to
the success of safety efforts undertaken in that time, there still
remains unnecessary loss of life and injury with 79 fatalities and 47
serious injuries occurring in 2010 as a result of crossing collisions
and trespassing on rail property.
About the "OFF THE RAILS" contest
Teachers, parents, coaches, team leaders and guardians, are encouraged
to promote this contest. The more creative the message encouraging
youth to stay off rail tracks the better. Submissions can be in the
form of a short video, a poster, a song or even a comic strip. There
are four grand prizes of $2,000 and eight secondary prizes of $500
totaling more than $10,000 to be awarded to winning students,
classrooms, clubs, teams or schools. The prize money is to be used to
promote literacy, numeracy, technology or physical and well-being of
students. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.
For more information please refer to the contest website: www.offtherailscontest.ca
About Operation Lifesaver
Established in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver is a national
public-rail safety program sponsored by Transport Canada and the
Railway Association of Canada. Through partnerships with provincial
safety councils, police, railways, the trucking industry and community
groups, Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to saving lives by educating
Canadians about the hazards surrounding highway/railway crossings and
trespassing on railway property.
SOURCE Operation Lifesaver
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