OTTAWA, May 3, 2013 /CNW/ - As part of its 11th annual Public-Rail Safety Week (PRSW), Operation Lifesaver (OL), Canada's national public rail safety program, today announced
Mike Cormier of Halifax is the recipient of the Roger Cyr award for his
railway safety efforts that have helped diminish crossing and
trespassing incidents in the Maritimes and Nova Scotia in particular.
This year's PRSW theme is A Shared Responsibility, and Mr. Cormier has promoted the public's awareness of rail safety
through his work as an active member of the Nova Scotia Operation
Lifesaver (NSOL) committee since 2008. On top of presenting to schools
and community groups, he participates by conducting crossing blitzes
and mock scenarios, engaging local media and serving as the committee's
secretary and treasurer.
"Mr. Cormier's background, knowledge and experience make him a very
deserving winner of this year's Roger Cyr award," said Mike Regimbal,
national director of Operation Lifesaver. "He understands that all rail
crossing and trespassing incidents are avoidable, and his record as a
volunteer speaks volumes about his desire to educate people, prevent
needless occurrences and save lives."
Mr. Cormier's value as a volunteer in Nova Scotia is backed by a long
career in the rail sector, mainly as a locomotive engineer with CN Rail
and as an active member on its safety committee.
Nova Scotia boasts one of the best rail safety records in the country.
According to the Transportation Safety Board, the province was
incident-free in the first quarter of 2013. Additionally, there was
only one crossing accident in 2012 and there has not been a fatality or
serious injury in the province since 2010.
While crossing and trespasser incidents either flat-lined or decreased
across the Maritimes in 2012, the Canada-wide figures were less
encouraging. Year-over-year, accidents increased by 10 per cent,
fatalities by 11 per cent and serious injuries by 23 per cent from
There are some 37,000 public, private and pedestrian highway/railway
crossings in Canada and most collisions occur within 40 km of the
Named after the founder of Operation Lifesaver in Canada, the Roger Cyr
Award for Public-Rail Safety began in 1981 and is a joint initiative of
Operation Lifesaver, the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada. The award is open to all active Operation
Lifesaver partners and volunteers who undertook efforts to improve
railway safety and encouraged others to follow suit throughout 2012.
Operation Lifesaver spreads its motto of "Look, Listen and Live" through
its many year-long initiatives that complement PRSW, including interactive kids websites, online new and professional driver education modules, and social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, OL's network of volunteers conducts more than 500 rail
safety presentations and activities across Canada each year.
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
For further information:
Railway Association of Canada
Railway Association of Canada