Operation Lifesaver shares safety tips; Warns hunters, others to avoid train tracks

WASHINGTON, DC, November 6, 2009 - With deer hunting season in full swing in many states, Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org), the national non-profit railroad safety education group, reminds outdoor enthusiasts that hunting on or near train tracks is not only illegal trespassing, it could be deadly. Last year, 456 people died and 429 were injured while trespassing on railroad property nationwide, according to preliminary federal statistics. 

“Trains move faster than you may think; they can be quieter than you think, and they can’t stop quickly to avoid someone on the tracks,” said Helen M. Sramek, president of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. “Because any time is train time, hunting on or near tracks is like playing Russian roulette,” she continued. 

Operation Lifesaver is taking action to save lives by issuing pedestrian safety tips in time for hunting season. In addition, a new Operation Lifesaver hunting safety video has been posted on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2W1nVk. A number of state Operation Lifesaver programs also are running billboard campaigns urging pedestrians to stay off of and away from train tracks.

“These safety messages reinforce our Common Sense pedestrian safety campaign, reminding the public that it’s important to use your common sense every day, especially around train tracks,” Sramek continued. 

More information on the Common Sense campaign can be found at www.commonsenseuseit.com. 

Pedestrian Rail Safety Tips

•    Walking, hunting, fishing or riding snowmobiles or ATVs on tracks is trespassing; 
 it’s dangerous and illegal. Trespassers are subject to arrest and/or fines.
•    At designated crossings, check before crossing for trains moving in different directions on multiple tracks.
•    Distractions can be deadly, too; turn your cell phone and MP3 players off when you’re near train tracks.
•    Stay three or four feet away from railroad tracks - locomotives and rail cars are wider than the tracks.
•    It can take a mile or more to stop a train.

About Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver’s certified presenters throughout the U.S. and Canada are trained to give free safety talks to community groups, schools, school bus drivers, truck drivers and community organizations to raise awareness about railroad safety.  More information can be found by calling the national office at 1-800-537-6224 or visiting the website at 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. 


National Office

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

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

Media Inquiries: [email protected]

Transit Inquiries: [email protected]

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