During Rail Safety Week in Canada - May 2 to May 8 - the Canadian Pacific Police Service will take its public safety message directly to the street.

WINNIPEG, April 29 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific Police Service officers will conduct safety and enforcement blitzes in communities across southern Manitoba next week during Rail Safety Week.

"Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property creates significant unnecessary personal risks, often resulting in fatalities and personal injuries," said Canadian Pacific Police Service Sergeant David Creasy. "Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a safer situation for us all."

CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Portage La Prairie, Oakbank, and Winnipeg.

In 2010, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada recorded 180 crossing accidents, resulting in 24 fatalities and 28 serious injuries. Crossing fatalities increased 26% across Canada last year. The TSB also recorded 81 trespasser incidents, resulting in 55 fatalities and 19 serious injuries. Trespasser fatalities increased five percent over 2009. The numbers do not include the many near collisions that take place every year.

People trespassing on railway property or failing to yield the right-of-way to an approaching train at a crossing risk death or serious injury. Both actions are offences under the federal Rail Safety Act or applicable provincial legislation. Offences occurring at crossings and on railway property can be reported to the Canadian Pacific Police Service at 1-800-716-9132 or to local police.

About Canadian Pacific Police Service:

The Canadian Pacific Police Service is a police agency created by Federal Statute with full federal and provincial powers. CPPS officers are peace officers as defined by the Criminal code. The CPPS plays an important role in public safety and enforcement in the communities where Canadian Pacific operates. CPPS officers typically promote public safety through trespasser abatement patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at railway crossings and participation in education activities to raise awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect the critical infrastructure of Canada and the US by ensuring supply chain security and ensuring the operational efficiency of the transportation network.

Editor's Note: For information/assistance on Rail Safety Week activities in your area, please contact T.J. Nelson for specifics. Media are welcome to attend any of the following Canadian Pacific Police Service rail safety activities in your area:

    Portage La Prairie
    Tuesday May 3
    Trespass and Crossing Enforcement
    3rd Street and 8th Street crossings

    Wednesday May 4
    Trespass and Crossing Enforcement
    Main Street level crossing

    Thursday May 5
    Crossing Enforcement
    Sturgeon Road level crossing
    East side Winnipeg level crossings

SOURCE Canadian Pacific Police Service

For further information: Media contact: T.J. Nelson, Manager, Public Affairs and Research, Canadian Pacific, 605 782-1222, 416 814-0948 24/7 media pager

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