Each year close to 100 Canadians die or suffer serious injuries on railway tracks. This week is Rail Safety Week and Operation Lifesaver is raising the awareness about the dangers surrounding rail property and trains.
Operation Lifesaver’s Mike Regimbal:
“Last year we still had 31 fatalities across Canada of pedestrians on the rail lines, trespassing and 14 were in Ontario.”
Operation Lifesaver’s Mike Regimbal says those deaths were all preventable.
The not for profit organization is doing its part to promote and provide awareness of rail safety.
“We want drivers to be aware and vigilant at all crossings. Be prepared to stop. Don’t be distracted and be aware there could be a train at any time.
For pedestrians who think they can take a short cut across the track its very high risk.”
This week marks the 14th annual rail safety week.
Durham Regional Police, CN Police Service and Clarington Fire have partnered on a video to remind people about the dangers of being near rail line tracks.
“Trespassing on railway property is dangerous and illegal and we encourage the public to use marked crossings. Signs are not required to be posted. Vehicles travelling over these marked crossings must come to a complete stop when flashing red lights are activated and cannot proceed until the red lights have stopped.”
CN Police Service’s Constable Richard Di Biase says it’s not just a safety issue, it’s also an offence.
“That’s right, you may be charged under the criminal code of Canada.”
For more information on rail safety visit, operationlifesaver.ca