CALGARY, Sept. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - With back to school upon us, Canadian
Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is reminding parents, caregivers and
students to choose the safe path when walking to and from school and
never trespass on railway property.
During the week of September 8-11, CPPS will be running a "Back to
School Rail Safety Campaign" across Canada and the U.S. Officers will
be paying extra attention to public railway crossings and railway
rights-of-way in and around school zones during morning, lunch and
after-school hours when young people are travelling to and from school.
"After a long summer, it's important to remind parents, caregivers and
students to be hyper-vigilant around railway property," said Ken
Marchant, CP Police Chief. "No matter your form of transportation -
driving, walking, cycling, skateboarding - people need to know that any
route that includes illegally crossing or using railway tracks is the
The goal of this campaign is to help prevent railway crossing collisions
and trespassing incidents by encouraging young people and adults to
take safe routes to school and to be safe around railway operations.
Enforcement and education action will focus on high-risk behaviours such
as drivers disobeying railway crossing signals, speeding, using
electronic devices while driving and offences involving school and
transit buses; pedestrians and cyclists disobeying railway crossing
signals or failing to yield the right-of-way to approaching trains,
and; young people and adults trespassing on railway property.
"Ignoring warnings around railway property can result in a serious
injury or death, and could have a serious impact on you, your family
and friends, your community and railway employees," said Mike Regimbal,
Operation Lifesaver National Director. "We aim to get the word out that
all these incidents are 100 percent preventable."
Year-round, Operation Lifesaver, a safety partnership with railways and
other safety groups, helps to deliver the message that when people "See
Tracks" they should "Think Train".
Tell your neighbours that you're taking the rail safety pledge and
choosing the safe route to school by using #SeeTracksThinkTrain on
Twitter or Facebook.
For more resources on practicing rail safety including materials for
teachers of various age groups, please contact Operation Lifesaver at www.operationlifesaver.ca or follow them on Twitter and Facebook @OpLifesaver.
Note to editors:
Interviews with CPPS members are available by request
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE: CP) is a transcontinental railway in
Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports,
including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a
competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of
the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of
freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain
expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.
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 Canadian Pacific
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