Stay rail safe this Easter long weekend

As you prepare to sit down to Easter feasts this upcoming long weekend, take a second to remember that for some families not everyone will be present at the holiday table.

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Holiday long weekends can be a painful reminder for those who have lost someone – even more so since many accidents on the roads and around the tracks happen on long weekends. Many of these accidents can be attributed to bad behaviour on the roads, like being distracted behind the wheel. (To learn more about that check out this post we previously published about the dangers of texting and driving, on the roads and near the tracks.)

With this in mind, this Easter long weekend don’t let a railway related death or injury spoil your family fun. Here are some tips for being rail safe:

Kick start the rail safety conversation and keep it going

 As you gather round the table with your family and friends this Easter weekend, take the opportunity to not only give thanks that everyone is safe and healthy, but to also kick start the conversation on rail safety.

  • Access our free online rail safety resources to make the conversation fun and interactive for family members of all ages.
  • Have some technically savvy kids in the house? Plug into their browser to let their rail safety education begin. 
  • Do you have a few competitive family members looking to place a friendly wager? Give our rail safety quiz a whirl.

Get to know some of the Operation Lifesaver supporters and families

We’ve had the opportunity and good fortune to work with and talk to passionate Operation Lifesaver supporters who have graciously shared their stories with us. The stories feature: a firsthand account of a rail fatality from the engineer’s seat; a grandmother passionate about advocating rail safety through schools and her strong presence on social media; and a mother who survived a collision with a train. You can read them all here:

We hope that by sharing these stories with you the message of rail safety will ring loud and clear, and that you will share it with your family and friends so that the education and awareness of rail safety will be well known.

Have a rail safe Easter long weekend, everyone. Remember to ALWAYS: Look! Listen! Live!