Every year, dozens of Canadians are killed or injured when they put themselves in unsafe situations at roadway-railway crossings. But Operation Lifesaver (OL) is working hard to keep these needless incidents from happening.
Bringing the Rail Safety Message to Canadians of All Ages
Operation Lifesaver’s dedicated staff and rail safety ambassadors across the country educate Canadians of all ages through rail safety presentations to schools, youth clubs, driver associations, snowmobile and ATV clubs and other community groups. In 2017, OL launched its new Look. Listen. Live. campaign, featuring two virtual-reality videos which aim to “scare viewers safe” by giving them the shocking experience of being hit by a train:
One Life Lost, is One Life Too Many
Funded by the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada, and supported by the rail industry, governments, law enforcement agencies, labour groups, media, municipalities and other organizations, Operation Lifesaver works to create safety-conscious attitudes toward railways, and to promote safe driving skills and adherence to railway signs and warnings. And it’s working.
Even as train traffic increases across the country and more vehicles are on our roads, the number of deaths and injuries along Canada’s railways is dropping. In fact, railway crossing and trespassing incidents have decreased by more than 40 per cent in the past decade. Still, Operation Lifesaver is striving towards a vision of zero rail-related injuries and deaths, believing that virtually all of these incidents are preventable.
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For more information about Operation Lifesaver, please contact:
National Director, Operation Lifesaver