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Why is there a need for Rail Safety Week?

Every 3 hours in the United States A PERSON OR VEHICLE IS HIT BY A TRAIN.

More than 2,100 people are injured or killed annually in crossing and trespassing incidents in the North America.

More than 50% of collisions occur at crossings equipped with lights and/or gates.

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The ongoing "Stop Track Tragedies" public awareness campaign from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Canada Operation Lifesaver shows the impact that rail-related incidents have on families - and communities. "Stop Track Tragedies" remains a major theme of Rail Safety Week.

Learn more about the "Stop Track Tragedies" campaign and share our videos.

 

 

Law Enforcement Joins Forces to Support Rail Safety Week

Operation Clear Track

Law Enforcement and First Responder Partners support Rail Safety Week through the Operation Clear Track safety initiative, spearheaded in the U.S. by Amtrak with support from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. During Operation Clear Track, approximately 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 as well as participating in virtual rail safety messaging. 

In 2021, OPERATION CLEAR TRACK will be conducted on Tuesday, September 21 in partnership with Law Enforcement agencies throughout the country to share the rail safety message in communities. All first responders, including firefighters, Emergency Medical Services and Offices of Emergency Management are encouraged to post lifesaving grade crossing safety and trespass prevention information for drivers and pedestrians on their websites and share on social media.

Join us to observe Operation Clear Track 2021 and share the safety message! Contact Barb Petito of Amtrak (petitob@amtrak.com) for more information.

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Rail Safety Week - History

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.

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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, Mexico joined the Rail Safety Week observance. In 2021, we look forward to continuing the observance across North America!

 

RSW Materials

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.

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