Rail Agencies come together to raise awareness
SACRAMENTO – Today at the California State Railroad Museum in downtown Sacramento, representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration, California Department of Transportation, California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL), the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE), Amtrak, BNSF Railway, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Union Pacific Railroad, law enforcement and elected officials joined forces in a multi-agency effort in support of September Rail Safety Month and the See Tracks? Think Train! (ST3) Rail Safety Awareness campaign.
“California Operation Lifesaver and all of our rail safety partners are working together to raise rail safety awareness in communities throughout California,” said Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch, California Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator. “Together by sharing SeeTracksThinkTrain, we can grow the message. Please tell five family members and friends about rail safety to help save lives.”
September is Rail Safety Month in California and September 24 – 30 is U.S. Rail Safety Week across the nation. Rail safety is a team effort and everyone needs to do their part in sharing knowledge, facts and stats that will hopefully deter unsafe behavior and reduce incidents across rail networks.
Trespassing on rail and transit tracks or violating rail crossing laws is a losing proposition. When you See Tracks, ALWAYS Think Train! According to the Federal Railroad Administration, 94 percent of rail-related fatalities involve drivers trying to beat trains or people on railroad tracks.
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