As April 27 to May 3, 2015 is National Rail Safety Week, let us take some time to learn about Operation Lifesaver, a partnership initiative of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada. The goal of Operation Lifesaver is to prevent railway-related collisions.
According to OperationLifeSaver.ca, approximately 130 Canadians are killed or seriously injured in railway accidents annually. Unfortunately, all of these incidents could have been avoided.
Here are some important tips for pedestrians and drivers from this lifesaving organization:
Railroad Safety for Pedestrians
- Do not walk, run, cycle or operate ATVs on railway tracks or rights-of-way or through tunnels.
- Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or railway crossings.
- Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
- Do not hunt, fish or bungee jump from railway trestles.
- Do not attempt to hop aboard railway equipment at any time.
Railroad Safety for Drivers:
- If the gates are lowered, don’t drive around them.
- Call the 1-800 number posted nearby or the local emergency number if you suspect the gates or signal are malfunctioning.
- Do not attempt to beat a train to the crossing.
- Stopping or getting trapped on the tracks is very dangerous. Only proceed through a crossing if your vehicle can clear the crossing completely.
- If your vehicle stops or gets stuck in a crossing, immediately exit the vehicle and get all passenger far away from the crossing. Call 911 or a nearby emergency number for assistance.
- When waiting at a crossing with multiple tracks, be aware that a second train passing on the other side of the first. Make sure it is clear before you cross.
- Not all trains are moving slow enough or have the ability to stop in time if they see you on the tracks.