Rail Safety Week
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national rail safety education nonprofit, is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other organizations to observe the second national Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 23-29, 2018.
The first U.S. Rail Safety Week was held September 24-30, 2017, as OLI celebrated its 45th year in existence. Launching a national Rail Safety Week fit with our ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
The theme of this year's Rail Safety Week is "Stop Track Tragedies."
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. The goal of RSW is to raise awareness across the United States 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.
Together, we can save families and communities from enduring these heartbreaking tragedies.
Get social for Rail Safety Week! Use the #RailSafetyWeek or #STOPTrackTragedies hashtags! Sharable Rail Safety Week assets are available in our event materials page.
Law Enforcement Partners can participate by signing up for Operation Clear Track on Tuesday, September 25! During Operation Clear Track, local, state, federal and railroad police will be stationed at more than 500 railroad grade crossing and trespassing incident locations to hand out safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and enforce crossing and trespass laws.