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New Operation Lifesaver Video Warns Filming on Train Tracks is Illegal, Deadly
OLI's new video depicts the dangers of making a video on the tracks.
WASHINGTON, DC, November 30, 2016 – Alarmed by several deadly incidents involving people making videos near railroad tracks, the national nonprofit rail safety education group Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) is releasing a new animated video to warn amateur filmmakers and smart phone users of the dangers and illegality of using train tracks for videos. The new video is the latest in a series drawing attention to illegal and dangerous activities involving train tracks.
“Operation Lifesaver and our partners at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), which funded the video, are concerned about this deadly trend,” said OLI President and CEO Bonnie Murphy. “Since 2015, three people have died making videos on or near train tracks. Our new video makes it clear that taking videos on or near train tracks is not only illegal, it’s a bad idea,” she stated.
Murphy said the video will be available on the OLI website and via social media.
“Our message to the public is that train tracks are never a good place to take videos of your family or for a school project; what seems innocent can quickly turn to tragedy,” said Karl Alexy, director, FRA office of safety analysis. “Trespassing on private railroad tracks and property is always illegal and often fatal, because trains can’t stop quickly to avoid hitting someone on the tracks. Always expect a train on any track, in either direction, at any time.”
While preliminary statistics for 2015 from the FRA show that trespass deaths and injuries dropped by two percent from 2014, early indications are that trespass incidents are rising substantially in 2016. Rail-related trespass deaths rose 19.8 percent from January through August 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, and injuries rose 12 percent, statistics show.
“Rail trespass deaths and injuries are especially heartbreaking because they are preventable,” Murphy said. “We want people to know these tragic incidents are on the rise, reversing progress we were seeing with our ongoing “See Tracks? Think Train!” rail safety education campaign. Please spread the word to family and friends, and help us reverse this startling trend.”
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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 general public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more at http://www.oli.org; follow OLI on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
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, email general[at]oli.org or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.
If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.
If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]oli.org
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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