Trespassing deaths triple in April 2020
There’s no question that there are a lot more Canadians out walking these days. It’s a great way to get out and get some exercise during self-isolation. But finding a safe place to do it is critical. Operation Lifesaver wants to remind Canadians that railway tracks aren’t a walking path—and using them as one could end in tragedy!
Last month, six people were killed trespassing on railway tracks or property in Canada. That’s three times the number of deaths compared to April 2019. It was the second month in a row that trespassing fatalities increased. In March, the number of Canadians who lost their lives while trespassing on tracks more than doubled compared to March the previous year.
Trespassing on railway tracks isn’t just illegal—it can be deadly
Our lives may have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean we can stop following the rail safety rules. Trains haven’t stopped running, and they can arrive at any time from either direction. So, stay clear of railway tracks, trestles, yards and equipment. You’re not just risking a hefty fine—you’re risking your life!
For more rail-safety tips, check out our resource page.