Completes successful cross-Canada Public-Rail Safety Week
OTTAWA, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Operation Lifesaver joins more than 40 countries around the world for the fifth International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD). ILCAD focuses on educational measures and the promotion of
safe behaviour at and around level crossings under the common message
of "Act safely at level crossings!"
ILCAD 2013 is being held concurrently with the Second United Nations Global Road Safety Week, May 6-12, 2013. Requested by the UN General Assembly, the week is
dedicated to pedestrian safety and will draw attention to the urgent
need to better protect pedestrians worldwide, generate action on the
measures needed to do so, and contribute to achieving the goal of the
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to save five million lives.
Now in its eleventh year, Operation Lifesaver's Public-Rail Safety Week (PRSW) completed a successful outreach to Canadians through
community-level events and local activities including school
presentations, crossing blitzes and mock collisions that were held from
Newfoundland to British Columbia.
"All efforts to raise awareness of the shared responsibility citizens,
motorists, communities and rail have in respecting safety at rail
crossings should be taken with the seriousness of the consequences of
not doing so," said Operation Lifesaver National Director Mike
Regimbal. "Operation Lifesaver, its partners and hundreds of volunteers
across Canada salute the ILCAD initiative."
Operation Lifesaver began operating in Canada as a public education
program, jointly funded by The Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada in 1981 when there were more than 800 crossing and
trespassing accidents. In 2012, there were 261 railway crossing and
trespasser accidents, including 78 fatalities and 53 serious injuries.
Year-over-year, accidents increased by 10 per cent, fatalities by 11
per cent and serious injuries by 23 per cent. Moreover, the rates of
fatalities and serious injuries were both higher than the five-year
average from 2007 to 2011.
Canada's railways run an average of 1,100 passenger and goods trains
every day, often over some of the world's most rugged terrain and in
some of the world's worst weather conditions. Canada's railways have
the best safety record in North America and provide by far the safest
means of ground transportation in Canada.
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