Operation Lifesaver to hold Annual Conference

    OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Representatives from government, health and
safety groups, and the railway industry will convene in Aylmer, Quebec on
Tuesday, September 18, for the nineteenth annual Operation Lifesaver
    The agenda for the conference will cover a number of different subjects
varying from annual rail statistics, the investigation of railway fatalities,
and reducing the incidences of suicide on rail systems.
    With that, topics will also encompass research initiatives, community
based programs, the future vision of public-rail safety initiatives, and grade
crossing improvement updates.
    "The range of topics and issues covered during the day is very reflective
of how large our task is, but also of the many positive strides we have taken
in addressing crossing collisions and trespass prevention," said Dan Di Tota,
national director of Operation Lifesaver in Canada. "Particularly as the day
goes on we will be able to put into perspective our successes and how to
continually reduce accidents that can be avoided with the proper education and
personal caution."
    Operation Lifesaver is a national public-education program sponsored by
the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada, with the goal to
reduce the needless loss of life, injuries and damages caused by
highway/railway crossing collisions and train/pedestrian accidents.
    The program is run in cooperation with other national and provincial
safety organizations, police and public service groups. They disseminate
information and educational material, and draw on some 400 volunteer
presenters to bring the message of extreme caution at crossings to schools,
driver education courses, the media and the general public.
    Cliff Mackay, the president and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada,
will be welcoming attendees to the conference, which will begin at 9:00 a.m.
at the Château Cartier. The conference will continue throughout the day and
end at 4:15 p.m.

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For further information:

For further information: Roger Cameron, Director, Public Affairs,
Railway Association of Canada, (613) 564-8097

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