With the end of the school year and the start of many family vacations, CN police officers are taking rail safety to new levels.
Look, Listen and Learn, a program brought to Canadian families by CN Rail, stresses the importance of rail safety and and the dangers of walking on or near railway tracks; reminding motorists and pedestrians to slow down and pay attention to warning signals at highway and railway crossings whether in a car, on a bike or walking across the tracks at a marked crossing.
Most definitely rail safety is a big issue,” said CN Police Constable, risk management James Thorne. More specifically it is trespassing and rail crossings that are an issue.”
Last year in Canada, there were 248 crossing accidents, resulting in 26 deaths and 51 serious injuries. Trespassing on rail property resulted in 46 deaths and 21 individuals being seriously injured.
And while various programs have been informing residents on the importance of rail safety for over 20 years and CN officials are pleased to state they’ve seen a steady decline in accidents there is still a need to keep awareness on and about the tracks at the forefront.
It’s always an issue,” said Thorne.
Preventative tactics combined with high profile mock train crashes have highlighted the repercussions and importance of awareness. Schools and communities are invited to view a highly dramatic simulation of a vehicle train and vehicle collision demonstrating the potentially dire consequences of ‘trying to beat the train,’ being careless and or drinking and driving.
For more information or to view the various programs offered check out the website at www.cn.ca