Event marks second annual rail safety week
WASHINGTON – Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), the national railroad safety education organization, are partnering again for the second annual Operation Clear Track, the largest railroad safety law enforcement operation in the United States. The event involves more than 500 police or sheriff’s departments across the lower 48 states.
“No one should think it’s OK, even one time, to ignore grade crossing or trespassing laws on railroad property,” said Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman. “This nationwide safety detail will deliver that message to thousands of people in-person today to try and stop these tragic rail-related incidents that happen every day in someone’s hometown.”
During Operation Clear Track, police will report to hundreds of railroad grade crossings around the country deemed high incident locations by the Federal Railroad Administration. Once onsite, law enforcement officials will enforce their state grade crossing and trespassing laws during a three-hour safety detail, writing citations and warnings to violators. Additionally, more than 250,000 railroad safety public awareness cards were created for distribution to motorists and pedestrians during the event.
“Enforcement, education and engineering are our three best weapons against incidents involving trains,” said Operation Lifesaver Interim President Wende Corcoran. “While we have made strides in reducing deaths and injuries since our inception 46 years ago, the goal of Operation Clear Track and other rail safety week activities is to empower citizens to keep themselves safe near tracks and trains. This year’s Rail Safety Week theme is ‘Stop Track Tragedies,’ and Operation Clear Track is an important part of our efforts.”
According to OLI, each year approximately 2,000 people are killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents nationwide. That means every three hours, a person or vehicle comes in-contact with a train. The goal of today’s national railroad safety initiative is to raise public awareness in every community about staying off the tracks, which is the focal point of Operation Lifesaver’s SEE TRACKS, THINK TRAIN campaign.
This collaborative national railroad safety initiative is one of several events scheduled during Rail Safety Week, which is being conducted this week from Sept. 23 – 29. For more information on railroad safety, visit oli.org and stayoffthetracks.org/
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