OTTAWA, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Transport Canada today marked the start of Rail Safety Week by reminding all Canadians about what they can do to stay safe around railway property.
Here are three important tips for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to keep in mind when approaching railway areas:
- always expect a train;
- obey all warning signs and signals; and
- respect private property.
Rail Safety Week, which runs from April 30 to May 6 this year, is held annually to increase awareness and to highlight the Government of Canada's commitment to making the rail system safer for Canadians. Transport Canada commits funding and works closely with rail companies, associations, provincial governments and communities to improve rail safety across the country.
The department supports the Railway Association of Canada's Operation Lifesaver program, which uses awareness briefings to schools and communities, videos and event sponsorships to educate the public about railway crossing safety and the dangers of trespassing on railway property. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of incidents that result in fatalities, injuries and monetary losses.
For more information about Operation Lifesaver and rail safety, visit www.operationlifesaver.ca.
For further information:
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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