Rise in trespassing deaths underlines importance of “physical distancing” from tracks and trains

There was good news and bad news when it comes to railway crossing and trespassing incidents last month. The good news: not one person was killed at a railway crossing in Canada in March. The bad news: the number of Canadians who lost their lives trespassing on tracks more than doubled compared to March of last year.
Last month, three people were killed and another two were injured in trespassing incidents. This is another tragic reminder of the importance of staying clear of railway tracks—and knowing the rail-safety rules.
If you are out walking, stay clear of railway tracks
Many Canadians are driving less as they stay close to home during the COVID-19 crisis. But as we search for ways to keep busy, taking a walk has become part of many people’s daily routines. Staying safe while out walking doesn’t just entail keeping a two-metre distance from other people. It also means keeping a safe distance from railway tracks!
So, don’t be another statistic. Next time you go for a walk, stay clear of railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment. You aren’t just risking a fine—you could be seriously injured or even killed.
For more tips on how to stay rail-safe, check out our resource page.