It’s simple: Knowing your rail safety can save your life

With Public-Rail Safety Week drawing to close in the next few days, we thought that some hard-hitting rail safety facts, stats and stories might be a good way to drive the message home: See Tracks? Think Train!

Did you know?

  • A motorist is 40 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.
  • It can take an average freight train, travelling at 100 km/h, about 2 kilometres to stop. A passenger train travelling at 160 km/h requires about the same distance to stop. Compare that to an automobile travelling at 90 km/h, which requires about 60 metres to stop.
  • If you think train tracks are on public property, think again—railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment are private property. Walking or playing on them is illegal. Trespassers are subject to arrest and fines. Too often the penalty is death.
Want to know more about the stats we just listed above? Check out the informative and eye-opening Operation Lifesaver facts and stats page. This might be just what you need to get the attention of a hard-to-reach teenager digitally distracted by their social media super lives.

Have you met our Operation Lifesaver supporters?

We’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with some extremely talented and passionate Operation Lifesaver supporters and rail safety advocates. They’ve shared their stories with us, and we’ve shared them with you. Their stories are heart wrenching and raw, but also inspire and drive home the lifesaving importance of rail safety.

Get on board the rail safety train this week

Don’t let Public-Rail Safety Week pass you by. Keep your eyes out as Operation Lifesaver volunteers engage in a number of local events and activities across Canada, including crossing blitzes, mock collision scenarios, public service announcements and presentations by volunteers to schools, youth clubs, drivers associations and community groups. Tell your kids, friends and family members. Visit the Public-Rail Safety Week website for event listings, important stats and videos. Join the conversation online. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook and follow the #prsw2014 hashtag. Remember, the “look, listen, live” rail safety message has the power to save lives. Remember: See Tracks? Think Train! RSW2014_Poster_EN_PROOF_v2 (1)