Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, works in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to observe Rail Safety Week (RSW) each year. The goal of RSW is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way.

The first U.S. Rail Safety Week was held September 24-30, 2017, as OLI celebrated its 45th year and its mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. In 2018, Rail Safety Week was held jointly in Canada and the U.S. from September 23-29. The theme of Rail Safety Week in 2018 was "Stop Track Tragedies." 

As part of RSW 2018, Canada Operation Lifesaver and OLI launched the "Stop Track Tragedies" public awareness campaign to show the impact that rail-related incidents have on families - and communities. 

Law Enforcement Partners assisted in Rail Safety Week through Operation Clear Track. During Operation Clear Track, more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad police organizations were stationed at grade crossing and trespassing incident locations in 48 states to hand out safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and enforce crossing and trespass laws. 

While the number of highway-rail crossing collisions, deaths and injuries has dropped over the past five decades, it’s still a startling fact that about every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

We invite you to join us in observing the next Rail Safety Week, September 22-28, 2019. Together, we can save families and communities from enduring these heartbreaking tragedies.

Sharable Rail Safety Week assets are available in our event materials page.

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