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Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Releases new PSA Targeting Low Clearance Vehicle Drivers

By Operation Lifesaver

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2021 – Low Clearance Vehicle Railroad Crossing Safety Tips, a new public service announcement (PSA) released today by Operation Lifesaver Inc., (OLI), shows drivers of low clearance vehicles how to make safe choices around railroad tracks and trains. The PSA highlights the potential for low clearance vehicles to get stuck on railroad crossings and how important it is for drivers to recognize warning signs before railroad crossings along their route and know what to do in the event their vehicle gets stuck.

Low ground clearance vehicles can include tractor-trailers and buses as well as personal trailers, recreational vehicles and any vehicle low to the ground.

About every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. On foot or in a vehicle, results can be the same — severe injury or even death. Drivers of low clearance vehicles need to know the importance of being prepared.

“This new PSA highlights the importance of knowing whether your vehicle or trailer has a low ground clearance,” said OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh, “and how those vehicles interact with railroad tracks. Following the safety tips in the PSA can prevent devastating vehicle-train crossing crashes and save lives.”

These new resources are available to the public with English and Spanish voiceovers and closed captions in :60, :30 and :15 second lengths. They are available to the public through the Materials section of the website and are downloadable at   

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter,Pinterest and YouTube.


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