Media Advisory: Saving lives near train tracks is focus of 9/25 OLI press conference

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), the national nonprofit rail safety education organization, will hold a press conference during the first U.S. Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 24-30, which aims to reduce rail-related driver injuries and fatalities and prevent trespassing on railroad property through increased public awareness. The event will include the announcement of a national rail safety enforcement effort; interview opportunities with speakers, including a mother who lost a son in a track trespassing incident, will be available following the press conference.

 

WHO:                          

Speakers:

Jamie Rennert, Director of the Office of Program Delivery, Federal Railroad  Administration’s Office of Railroad Policy and Development

Scot Naparstek, Chief Operating Officer, Amtrak

Neil Trugman, Chief of Police, Amtrak

Mike Rush, Senior Vice President of Safety & Operations, Association of American Railroads

Bonnie Murphy, President and CEO, Operation Lifesaver, Inc.  

Nancy Kenyon Richardson, Mother who lost her son in a tragic trespass incident

 

WHAT:                         

Press conference during the first U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017.

 

WHEN/WHERE:           

Monday, September 25, 10:30 a.m., Starlight Room, Union Station, 60 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC. Media check in at Amtrak Gate D.

 

WHY:                           

Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. 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 U.S. Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 24-30, 2017.

 

MORE INFO:                

Visit Operation Lifesaver’s national website for safety tips and statistics: www.oli.org. Visit the US Rail Safety Week landing page for infographics, safety tips, and   more.

 

CONTACT:                   

Libby Rector Snipe, 703-739-0284 (O)

 

About Operation Lifesaver - Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides the public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. OLI will lead a national observance of U.S. Rail Safety Week, September 24-30, 2017. Learn more about U.S. Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest

 

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Media Contact

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, please contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308. If you are a reporter on deadline, please contact:

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages. 

 

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Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024

703-739-0308
Fax: 703-519-8267
Email : [email protected]

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