Rail Safety Week
The goal of Rail Safety Week (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. Join us in observing Rail Safety Week this year from Monday, September 21 through Sunday, September 27!
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 and 2019, Rail Safety Week was held jointly in Canada and the U.S., with the overall theme, "Stop Track Tragedies."
In 2018 and 2019, Canada Operation Lifesaver and OLI's "Stop Track Tragedies" public awareness campaign showed the impact that rail-related incidents have on families - and communities. "Stop Track Tragedies" remains a major theme of Rail Safety Week.
In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rail Safety Week activities may vary in states across the U.S., with an emphasis on digital and virtual safety messaging. Operation Lifesaver, Inc. will share assets with safety partners in the coming weeks.
Law Enforcement Joins Forces to Support Rail Safety Week
Operation Clear Track
Law Enforcement Partners supports Rail Safety Week through its safety initiative, Operation Clear Track. During Operation Clear Track, more than 500 local, state, federal and railroad police organizations are stationed at grade crossings across the country to distribute safety materials to motorists and pedestrians and reinforce the importance of crossing and trespass laws.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. supporters and rail safety partners help increase the overall reach and impact of Rail Safety Week every year. Please support Rail Safety Week and all of its outreach events and initiatives by becoming a OLI sponsor today.
OLI offers Rail Safety Week materials for rail safety partners and supporters to use for promotion and outreach to increase awareness of the importance of rail safety across the country.