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About See Tracks? Think Train® Week

See Tracks? Think Train® Week (formerly Rail Safety Week) is a concentrated week of rail safety education focusing attention on the importance of making safe choices when driving or walking near railroad tracks and trains. First held in the U.S. in 2017, this collaborative effort among Operation Lifesaver Inc., State Operation Lifesaver Programs and rail safety partners across the U.S., Canada and Mexico is now called See Tracks? Think Train® Week (ST3Week for short) throughout the U.S. to better represent what the week-long observance is all about:

 - Preventing railroad crossing and trespass incidents across North America
 - Concentrating public attention on the need for rail safety education

A logo with the words See Tracks Think Train Week and a graphic of train tracks

Why is there a need for See Tracks? Think Train® Week ?

Every 3 hours in the United States a vehicle or person is hit by a train.

More than 2,300 people are injured or killed annually in railroad crossing and trespass incidents in North America.

More than 60% of collisions occur at crossings equipped with lights and/or gates.

Free ST3Week Materials

OLI offers free See Tracks? Think Train® Week materials – including posters, billboards, a month-long social media calendar filled with assets and text and more for rail safety partners and supporters to increase awareness of the importance of rail safety across the country.

Email news@oli.org to be added to the list for See Tracks? Think Train® Week materials and updates.

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Operation Clear Track

Law enforcement and first responder partners play a crucial role in promoting rail safety education during See Tracks? Think Train® Week through the Operation Clear Track safety initiative. Spearheaded in the U.S. by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) and Amtrak, this collaborative effort aims to raise awareness and educate communities about the importance of making safe choices around tracks and trains.

This year, the initiative will be observed on Tuesday, September 24. Hundreds of local, state, federal, and railroad police, and first responders across North America will actively engage with communities, both in person and virtually, spreading the #RailSafetyEducation message.

All first responders, including law enforcement organizations, firefighters, Emergency Medical Services and Offices of Emergency Management departments are strongly encouraged to participate in Operation Clear Track. Your active participation can make a difference and enhance rail safety awareness in your communities.

Contact jdeangelis@oli.org to receive more information and access valuable assets specifically designed for Operation Clear Track.

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How You Can Help #STOPTrackTragedies

  • Share the rail safety message during See Tracks? Think Train® Week and beyond.
  • Know the facts. Recognize the signs. Make good decisions around tracks and trains.
  • Consider volunteering with Operation Lifesaver to share the rail safety education message
  • Email news@oli.org to be added to the See Tracks? Think Train® Week email list.
  • Follow OLI on social.
  • Connect with your State Coordinator.
  • Partner with OLI throughout the year. Email news@oli.org for partnership opportunities.