OTTAWA, June 21 /CNW/ - As the summer travel season begins, Operation
Lifesaver wants to encourage Canadians to continue to maintain caution and use
common sense around highway/railway crossings and train operations.
"With more people traveling throughout different areas of the country, it
is increasingly important to remain diligent about crossing safety and
trespass prevention," said Dan Di Tota, national director of Operation
Lifesaver in Canada. "While people should always use caution and make safe
decisions around railway operations and highway/railway crossings, it is
especially important when approaching unfamiliar crossings or operations in
different parts of the country."
In 2006, there were 249 crossing collisions across Canada, 28 fatalities
and 27 serious injuries. In addition, there were 91 trespasser incidents,
including 58 fatalities and 27 serious injuries.
"While we have seen a decrease in crossing accidents and only a slight
increase in year-over-year trespassing incidents, all of these occurrences can
be prevented with the proper amount of attentiveness, education and personal
caution," Di Tota added. "We are encouraging Canadians to make smart decisions
this summer, practice railway safety, and to Look, Listen and Live."
With Canadians traveling to different regions of the country during the
summer months, Operation Lifesaver says there are a number of factors to
remember about railway operations. Trains can run at anytime of day, cannot
swerve out of the way of oncoming traffic, and can take, in some cases, up to
two kilometres to stop.
Operation Lifesaver is a national public-education program sponsored by
the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada, with the goal to
reduce the needless loss of life, injuries and damages caused by
highway/railway crossing collisions and train/pedestrian accidents.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: Dan Di Tota, Operation
Lifesaver, (613) 564-8094, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ken Lancastle, Railway Association
of Canada, (613) 567-8591, email@example.com