Railway property is not the right place to be - trespassing can kill
On Sunday, February 13, an 18-year old man was struck and killed by a train in Winnipeg. News reports state that the man may have been under the influence of alcohol and was trespassing on the tracks with some friends. You can read the full CBC article here
This death was completely preventable and serves as a tragic example of just how important rail safe behaviors are. Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to preventing deaths and injuries related to trespassing on railway property through Education, Enforcement and Engineering:
: Operation Lifesaver educates the public on the seriousness of trespassing through the distribution of educational materials, media coverage, civic presentations and driver education curriculum materials.
: Laws are in place governing motorists’ and pedestrians’ rights and responsibilities at highway/railway crossings and on railway property. Trespassers can be issued tickets and even criminally charged if caught on railway property.
: Highway/railway crossings, railway property and pedestrian crossings must be kept safe, both physically and operationally, and improvements must be made when needed. Railway property is clearly marked, so there’s no excuse for trespassing.
Watch the following video for a reminder of why railway property is just not the right place to be: