New partnership with Waze alerts drivers to rail crossings

There’s no question that many Canadians have a little extra time on their hands these days. Some people are baking bread, others are going for long walks or drives through the quiet streets. But even during a pandemic, those drives can pose a risk if it means crossing railway tracks. In fact, dozens of Canadians are killed or seriously injured every year in preventable vehicle-train collisions at railway crossings.

Thanks to a partnership between Operation Lifesaver and Waze, Canadian drivers now have a new tool to help them stay safe on the roads. The popular navigation app now alerts drivers when they are approaching a rail crossing. Drivers using versions 4.61 or higher of Waze will see a banner alerting them to upcoming crossings and encouraging them to approach with caution.

Working together to keep drivers safe

“This is a perfect example of organizations collaborating and innovating to save lives,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “We’re hopeful that when Canadians see a Waze rail crossing alert, they’ll slow down and prepare to stop, obey all railway warning signs and signals, and remember to Look. Listen. Live. before proceeding through any crossing.”

Remember, safety is a shared responsibility, and Operation Lifesaver hopes that other technology companies will follow Waze’s lead. Let’s work together to bring the number of rail crossing-related deaths and injuries in Canada to zero.