Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains, and in the U.S. alone, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every 3 hours.
Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) are once again joining forces to help prevent tragedies around railroad tracks and trains by observing Rail Safety Week (RSW) across North America from September 19-25. This annual week-long event concentrates public attention on the need for rail safety education and saves lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around tracks and trains.
OLI’s national office and state Operation Lifesaver programs across the U.S. will connect with their communities virtually and in person, sharing rail safety messages and urging the public to help “#STOPTrackTragedies.”
“Rail Safety Week concentrates the public awareness and education campaigns that occur all year long across the country into one jam-packed week. Each day focuses on a different audience with customized rail safety messages in support of our core mission – saving lives,” said Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. “This annual event brings together Operation Lifesaver state programs, North American safety partners and our partners at the U.S. Department of Transportation along with the many other organizations who share the rail safety message – this week, and all year round.”