CN also reminds outdoor enthusiasts to stay off railway tracks
MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - As part of its ongoing commitment to rail safety, CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE:CNI) today encouraged drivers to use caution around railway crossings and reminded winter outdoor enthusiasts to stay away from railway tracks.
"Icy roads, reduced visibility and storms are a potentially dangerous combination and we encourage people to drive safely and use caution around railway crossings," said Stephen Covey, chief of police and chief security officer at CN. "And for snowmobile operators, their first responsibility must be safety. Railway tracks should never be used as a trail. Riding on or along railway tracks can cost you your life. "
Snowmobiles should only cross tracks at designated crossings. Trespassing on railway tracks or property - by snowmobiles, or cross country skiers, or snowshoers, or others - is illegal and dangerous.
For information about rail safety, please contact CN's Public Inquiry Line by calling 1-888-888-5909. CN Police community service officers are available to give presentations to sport groups or at community events.
Five important rail safety tips for the winter season:
- Drivers might need more room to come to a complete stop at crossings.
- The reduced visibility and sounds from a storm might make it more difficult to see or hear a train coming.
- Railroads and their adjacent right of way are not a safe place to snowshoe, cross-country ski or ride a snowmobile.
- If you're snowshoeing or skiing near a designated crossing, don't wear headphones and be aware of your surroundings.
- Railroads are never a safe shortcut to get anywhere.
About CN Police Services
Every year, CN Police Services responds to hundreds of events along CN's network across eight Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states. In addition to patrolling CN property, CNPS officers deliver rail safety presentations to schools, trucking agencies, bus operators and community organizations. By rolling out strategic educational initiatives and conducting targeted operations, CNPS aims to promote safe behaviours and increase awareness of rail safety. CNPS is committed to making CN the safest railroad in North America.
For further information: Media: Jonathan Abecassis, Manager, Media Relations, (514) 399-7956; Investors: Paul Butcher, Vice-President, Investor Relations, (514) 399-0052