Operation Lifesaver’s website for children, OLKids.ca, is packed with stories, games, audio/video clips, posters and safety tips, all designed to keep children safe around rail property. The site features Rover, the Railway Safety Rabbit, the Train Your Brain activity book, and much more!
“Train to Drive” is a web-based training program to help new drivers learn the best way to approach highway/railway crossings. Through consultation with the transportation industries, and those involved in new-driver training, Operation Lifesaver was able to develop the program that complements current driver training. The program utilizes video clips, sound, and presents railway safety information specifically targeted at the 15-24 age groups.
The entire program is available on the “Train to Drive” website.
Direction 2006 (D2006) – Past program
Direction 2006 was a successful partnership between all levels of government, railway companies, public safety organizations, police, unions and community groups.
Conceived in 1996 after a review of the Canadian Railway Safety Act, Direction 2006 sought to reduce crossing collisions and railway trespass incidents by 50 per cent over ten years; one of the recommendations from the Railway Safety Act review.
What had appeared to be a lofty, if not insurmountable goal, ended up changing the face of railway safety, both in Canada, and worldwide.
“I think everybody felt a 50 per cent cut was a lofty goal considering all the [collision and trespass incident] reductions we had since 1980,” said Mike Lowenger, co-chair of Direction 2006 and then vice-president, operations and regulatory affairs at the Railway Association of Canada. “But I think it achieved what it set out to do and maybe more.”
Operation Lifesaver Educational Vehicle (OLEV) – Past program
Educating the public about public-rail safety requires a variety of vehicles, sometimes literally. Operation Lifesaver Educational Vehicle (OLEV) was a refurbished customized recreational vehicle that took the Operation Lifesaver message to the streets from 2004 to 2008.
“We had everything available to deliver our message across the country,” said Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver and originator of the OLEV program. “It was all in one box; we just had to drive up, park it and open it up. It was all right there, which is why it was so successful in raising awareness.”
After more than four years, more than 150,000 kilometres traveled, visits to 250 communities coast‐to‐coast, interaction with more than 800,000 Canadians, and millions of visual impressions, the OLEV program came to a close in July 2008.