US Rail Safety Week - Sept 24-30, 2017
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 first national Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 24-30, 2017.
As OLI celebrates its 45th year in 2017, launching a national Rail Safety Week fits with our ongoing mission of reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
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.
Robin Potter mourns the tragic loss of her son, Shawn, after he died while playing on railroad tracks.
Together, we can save families and communities from enduring these heartbreaking tragedies.
Get social for Rail Safety Week! Use the #USRailSafetyWeek or #Railsafety hashtags! Sharable Rail Safety Week assets will be included in our event materials.