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 states across the U.S. to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings.


Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. 


To be the recognized leader in providing the public with rail safety education and ending death and injuries due to trespassing and collisions on the tracks. 


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 across the U.S. 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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Operation Lifesaver's national office in Alexandria, VA, supports state programs, developing videos, educational brochures, instructional information and other materials for audiences of all ages. Our state coordinators are located across the U.S.

National Office

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Fax: (703)-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

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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 703-739-0308 for information about presentations, training and volunteer opportunities available in your area.

Who to Contact at OLI

Volunteers needing help with logging in, email Jayzel Lizares: jlizares[at]oli.org 

Media Inquiries: news[at]oli.org

National Office Address

Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

Main Number: 703-739-0308
Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : general[at]oli.org

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Did you know Operation Lifesaver has programs in states across the U.S.? Contact your OL State Coordinator or call us at 703-739-0308 for information about free safety presentations, training and volunteer opportunities available in your area.

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