Operation Lifesaver Releases Common Sense Rail Safety Tips For the Independence Day Holiday Weekend

WASHINGTON, DC, June 29, 2009 – Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) reminds Americans to use caution when around tracks and trains this Independence Day holiday weekend. 

“Trains are still operating, even on the holiday,” says OLI President Helen M. Sramek, “so it’s important to watch out for trains if you are driving near highway-rail grade-crossings or walking near the tracks this Fourth of July weekend.” Motorists should not park on or near train tracks when attending local parades or fireworks displays, and refrain from using cell phones, texting or using MP3 players when near the tracks.

“Approximately every two hours across the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train,” says Sramek. “Operation Lifesaver has a simple message for Americans: staying away from the tracks is using common sense, and it may save your life.” Visit the Common Sense campaign website: http://www.CommonSenseuseIt.com. 

Common Sense Safety Tips around Tracks and Trains

1.   The only safe, and legal, place to cross railroad tracks is at a public crossing—designated by the crossbuck.

2.  Turn your cell phone and MP3 players off when you’re near train tracks.  Forget texting, as it could be a deadly distraction near the tracks.  Trains are quieter than you think, go faster than they appear, and do not run on set schedules.

3.   Look both ways and listen before crossing train tracks.  Expect a train at any time.

4.   Anywhere other than a public crossing, stay off and away from the tracks.

5.   Tracks, trestles, rail yards and equipment are private property.  If you walk, hunt, fish or ride your ATV on the tracks, you are trespassing. You could lose your life or be seriously injured.

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a national, non-profit safety education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. Operation Lifesaver has programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more safety tips or to schedule a free safety presentation in your community, click on www.oli.org. 

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

Fax: 703-519-8267
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