Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured in railway crossing and trespassing incidents. Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada
’s mission is to prevent these tragedies by educating the public about the hazards associated with tracks and trains. But we can’t do it alone—and that’s where police and other law enforcement personnel come in.
Every year during Rail Safety Week, we partner with law enforcement agencies across Canada and the U.S. to hold Operation Clear Track. During the event, police spread the rail safety message by visiting hundreds of railway crossings where they issue warnings, write citations, and distribute rail-safety tips to drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Coordinated by OL, Amtrak
, and Operation Lifesaver Inc.
in the U.S., Operation Clear Track
is the single largest rail-safety law enforcement initiative in North America.
Working together to bring the rail safety message to communities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Operation Clear Track has been held mostly virtually for the past two years. But this year, we’re back in person! Law enforcement agencies can choose to bring the rail safety message directly to residents in their communities, or to promote it through social media—or to do a combination of the two.
Last year, more than 600 police departments—as well as community and bylaw officers—took part in the initiative. But we’re looking to increase that number in 2022. We’re calling on more police, bylaw, and community enforcement agencies to get involved than ever before.
So, why not register your department for Operation Clear Track (September 20th
, 2022)? All you have to do is fill out a short form on our website
. If we work together, we can prevent railway crossing and trespassing incidents and #STOPTrackTragedies.