If a train can’t stop, your fun will

Spring has finally arrived across Canada and, with it, the desire to get outside. Some might be tempted to use train tracks for outdoor activities. During Public-Rail Safety Week, Operation Lifesaver and our partners are reminding everyone of the dangers associated with trespassing on rail property. Train tracks aren’t a running path, they’re not meant for bikes and ATVs, and they’re no place for fishing or hunting. Their clear, direct routes might seem convenient, but there’s nothing convenient about losing a limb or a life. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l-pjr6LNhE&feature=share&list=PL24E518819DCBFDDF[/youtube] Trains and tracks are a fascination for some people. It might be the romantic notion of train travel or just the sheer awesomeness of the machines themselves. Rail fans like to get close to trains, but the best way to appreciate them is from a distance. Get too close and your hobby could become a heart-stopping experience. Photographers using empty or seemingly abandoned tracks as a backdrop for a newly-married couple might find those are the last shots they ever take. There’s nothing romantic about a wedding day that ends in death. You can learn more about rail safety all year round on the Operation Lifesaver website or check out these resources for everyone: You can learn more about rail safety and PRSW events happening near you on the Public-Rail Safety Week page. Don’t forget to join the PRSW conversation on Facebook and Twitter (@oplifesaver), too—remember to tag your tweets with #prsw2013. We all have a responsibility to promote rail safety and to set a good example for rail-safe behaviour. If others see you on the tracks, they might think it’s a good idea for them to be there too. But trains can appear at any time and more quickly and silently than you might imagine. Don’t take the risk.