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Ever stopped to consider the dangers involved with crossing highway-rail grade intersections or trespassing on railroad property? At Operation Lifesaver, we have.

We know that injuries and fatalities that occur at highway-rail crossings or on railroad property are a real, but often preventable, problem. Few people realize that in America, a person or vehicle is hit by a train roughly every three hours, and that's a reality we're determined to change. Welcome to Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization providing public education programs in all 50 states to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.

Mission and History

We started in 1972 when the average number of collisions at U.S. highway-rail grade crossings had risen above 12,000 incidents annually. To address this, the Idaho governor's office, along with the Idaho Peace Officers and Union Pacific Railroad launched a six-week public awareness educational campaign called Operation Lifesaver to promote highway-rail grade crossing safety. After Idaho's crossing-related fatalities fell that year by 43%, the successful program was adopted by Nebraska (1973) and Kansas and Georgia the following year. Within a decade it had spread around the country; in 1986 a non-profit national Operation Lifesaver office was created to help support the efforts of state OL programs and raise national awareness on highway-rail grade crossing issues.

Today Operation Lifesaver's network of authorized volunteer speakers and trained instructors offer free rail safety education programs in fifty states. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, and emergency responders. Our programs are co-sponsored by federal, state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations and America's railroads. Together we promote the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities.

Trains - passenger, light-rail, and freight - offer among the most efficient transportation available to move us into the 21st century. U.S. Department of Transportation projections calling for substantial increases in rail transport over the next three decades mean that we, along with rail safety partners in the rail industry and at the federal, state and local levels, must work together to meet the safety challenges that accompany a rail renaissance. As advanced technology helps build quieter, faster trains, our responsibility to teach people how to be safe around them increases, too. At Operation Lifesaver, we're committed to raising awareness and improving public safety on and around highway-rail grade crossings and tracks through public awareness and education; we're committed to saving lives.


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Contact Your OL State Coordinator

If you're curious about Operation Lifesaver rail safety education activities and programs in your area, your state coordinator is the person to contact. He or she can help schedule a free rail safety presentation for your school, community group, or office. We even offer free presentations at country fairs and special events. Interested in volunteering? Your coordinator will tell you the best way to get involved.

Find your State Coordinator or call us at 1-800-537-6224 for information about presentations, training and volunteer opportunities available in your area.

Contact Us

Did you know Operation Lifesaver has programs in all 50 states? Contact your OL State Coordinator or call us at 1-800-537-6224 for information about free safety presentations, training and volunteer opportunities available in your area.

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Contact: Carol Dorsey
Director of Administration
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
1420 King Street, Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314

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Save the Date: 2014 Leadership Workshop May 14-15, 2014

Operation Lifesaver state program leaders, authorized volunteers, coaches, trainers, presenters and partners: Put this on your calendar! May 14-15, 2014 are the dates for our next Leadership Workshop, which will be held at the Embassy Suites,1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The theme of this must-attend event for rail safety advocates is "See Tracks? Think Train!"

Be There

Join us as we explore the latest information and tools for reducing vehicle-train collisions and pedestrian rail trespass incidents in the U.S and around the world.

A daylong session for Operation Lifesaver state coordinators will held on May 13; OL coaches and trainers will have a special training session on the morning of May 14.

The Leadership Workshop starts at 1 p.m. on May 14 and concludes with a dinner on the evening of May 15.

More information will be available soon! Visit www.oli.org for updates.