Statement by OLI Executive Director Rachel Maleh on International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2019

Thursday, June 6, 2019 marks the worldwide observance of International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD). For 11 years, ILCAD has focused attention on the preventable incidents that occur at railroad crossings throughout the world. Operation Lifesaver, Inc. ( is proud to have been part of this safety campaign since it began in 2009.

This year’s ILCAD focus on professional drivers targets an important issue in the U.S., as more than 15 percent of railroad crossing collisions involve vehicles that require a commercial driver’s license to operate. Operation Lifesaver, Inc.’s education efforts throughout the year include free specialized training for professional drivers, both in-person and through our online eLearning programs for truck drivers and school bus drivers. Because collisions between large trucks or school buses and trains can have devastating consequences for communities, these professional drivers are among the most important audiences for Operation Lifesaver’s safety messages.

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and its programs in states throughout the U.S. are proud to be part of this year’s observance of ILCAD on June 6. I am pleased to join safety leaders from 40 countries at the ILCAD forum in the Netherlands to discuss best practices on educating drivers in pursuit of our shared goal – saving lives at crossings.


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] 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]

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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