OLI Announces Plans for Rail Safety Week

Operation Lifesaver plans to observe Rail Safety Week between Sept. 22 and 29, 2019, in the United States and Canada.

OLI affiliates in both countries will conduct a week-long series of events to encourage safe behavior near railroad tracks.

“Our goal is to get to zero incidents — zero fatalities and zero injuries. The driving force for this organization is saving lives,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh in a statement.

The group noted that 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured annually because of unsafe behavior around tracks and trains.

In 2018, the rail safety week media campaign #STOPTrackTragedies, generated nearly 3.7 million YouTube views and 18 million impressions on social and traditional media in the United States and Canada.

Those videos featured personal stories of people affected by grade crossing or trespassing incidents.

During this year’s safety week Amtrak police will work with more than 500 police and sheriff’s departments on Operation Clear Track, in which law enforcement officers will write citations and issue warnings to crossing violators. The officers also distribute cards with railroad safety tips to the public.

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