Information published on 23 September 2020 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr eNews.

Rail Safety Week 2020

  • Safety
  • ILCAD
  • Level Crossings
  • Promoting

Operation Lifesaver Canada https://www.operationlifesaver.ca
Opération Gareautrain in French https://www.operationgareautrain.ca/accueil

launched their Rail Safety Week (Monday, 21 September to Sunday, 27 September). This will take place this year in Canada, USA and Mexico.

The goal of the Rail Safety Week (RSW) is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and to empower the general public to keep themselves safe near level crossings and railway rights-of-way.

Operation Lifesaver Canada; Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) and the Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles (Mexican Association of Railroads, or AMF) will be supporting the public awareness initiative to encourage drivers and pedestrians to practise safe behaviour near railway tracks.

Who are OL CANADA?

Dedicated railway personnel and citizens, aiming to save lives by educating Canadians about the hazards surrounding rail property and trains. Operation Lifesaver is a partnership initiative of the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada, and works in cooperation with the rail industry, government, police, unions, and many public organisations and community groups.

Note that OL Canada has also been supporting #ILCAD for over a decade.

CANADIANS URGED TO HELP #STOPTRACKTRAGEDIES THIS RAIL SAFETY WEEK

Today, Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada unveiled four poignant new videos to remind Canadians that they “can’t go back” when it comes to taking risks around tracks and trains — risks that could cost them a limb, or their life. The videos are the latest addition to OL’s #STOPTrackTragedies campaign and were released today to mark the beginning of Rail Safety Week (21-27 September, 2020). The videos include the voices of people personally affected by rail-crossing or trespassing incidents, and their reflections on what they would do to prevent these incidents if they were given the chance.

“The #STOPTrackTragedies stories are heart-wrenching, but they also have an important message: you can’t go back. They really urge people to make safe decisions around tracks and trains,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada.

“Behaving unsafely — whether it’s playing on railway equipment, using tracks as a shortcut, or even glancing at your mobile phone at a crossing — can have devastating consequences for you, your loved ones and members of your community.”

OL and its partners will be promoting the #STOPTrackTragedies campaign through a variety of initiatives over the course of Rail Safety Week. Canadians are encouraged to support OL’s campaign by heeding these rail safety tips, by following OL Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and by visiting STOPTrackTragedies.caand sharing the videos with their loved ones using the hashtags #STOPTrackTragedies and #RSW2020.

For more information please contact fonverne@uic.org at UIC