Interactive Driver Training - Unveiled By Operation Lifesaver

    OTTAWA, Feb. 29 /CNW/ - Operation Lifesaver has launched a computer-based
training program, "Train to Drive," to help train new drivers the best way to
approach highway/railway crossings. Dan Di Tota, National Director of
Operation Lifesaver in Canada said: "Using the newest technology and an
interactive design, this new training module will appeal to newly-licensed
drivers, and bring the lesson of 'Look, Listen and Live' to young motorists
across Canada."
    Through consultation with the transportation industries, and those
involved in new-driver training, Operation Lifesaver was able to develop the
program that complements current driver training. The program utilizes video
clips, sound, and presents railway safety information specifically targeted at
the 15-24 age groups. The entire program is available on the "Train to Drive"
website, at
    Once students have gone through the information, they can take a railway
safety quiz. If they score 80 per cent or more, students can print a
Certificate of Completion for their driver training instructors.
    "This program and quiz is incredibly important, as we are reaching new
drivers who are often in the early stages of learning how to drive," Di Tota
said. "By teaching them railway safety this early in the process, we can show
how many highway/railway accidents are preventable through caution and common
    Operation Lifesaver hopes the new tool will become a part of driver
training curriculum in Canada. In conjunction with the DVD, "Newly Licensed
Driver: Safety at Highway/ Railway Crossings, highway/railway safety can be an
important facet that is addressed through new driver training in Canada. While
the new program is unique, it is not the first time Operation Lifesaver has
utilized new technologies. OL launched interactive kiosks in railway stations
and museums and has been able to bring their railway safety message to younger
audiences. More information about the "Train to Drive" program can be found on
the website, at, or at the Operation Lifesaver website,

    Since its inception in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver has helped
reduce highway/railway crossing collisions by 75 per cent, and recorded 44 per
cent declines in trespassing incidents. It is co-sponsored by Transport Canada
and the Railway Association of Canada, in cooperation with other safety
organizations, police and public service groups.

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For further information: Media Contact: Dan Di Tota, (613) 564-8094,

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