Have you voted for Canada's best youth rail safety message? Only 2 weeks left - your vote could save a life!

With the news breaking on Monday evening that two teenagers in Ontario and Alberta had been killed as a result of being hit by trains, the importance of Operation Lifesaver's "OFF THE RAILS" contest for 11 - 14 year olds really comes into focus. The two boys killed were older teens. Had they been exposed to rail safety messages like the ones created by the young participants in this contest, they may not have made the fateful decisions that led to their tragic deaths.

The voting period for the "OFF THE RAILS" contest runs until February 29. We are pleased with voter participation so far: 1264 people have registered and 4491 votes have been cast. With two weeks left, you still have a chance to have your say in choosing the best youth rail safety message. Your vote will help shape the rail safety messages that Canada's youth receive - and could save a young life.

In case you missed the voting instructions from last week, here's a recap:

  • All contest finalists’ entries are posted at www.OffTheRailsContest.ca
  • You can vote for your favourites once a day in each category: English Print, English Multimedia, French Print and French Multimedia
  • Registration is quick and easy – simply enter your email address and cast your vote! You only have to register once to be able to vote up to once daily in each category.

Your vote can help contest finalists win more than $10,000 in prizes!

Online votes will be tabulated and verified and winners, in each category, will be contacted on or before March 23, 2012. Awards will be presented during Operation Lifesaver’s annual Rail Safety Week which will take place  from April 30 – May 6, 2012.

Monday's deaths were tragic and preventable. Help prevent this from happening ever again - cast your vote today!