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Trespassing Seen as Biggest Threat to Rail Safety By Alex Binkley More lives would be saved by making greater efforts to alert people to the dangers of trespassing on railway tracks or failing to stop at level crossings than by studying terrorist threats to passenger trains, says the President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. The real risk to the public is at level crossings, said Michael Bourque. The rail industry used its annual safety week blitz reminding motorists to stop at crossings when the red warning lights are flashing. It also wants people not to walk on tracks. "You shouldn't walk on the tracks any more than you would walk on Hwy 401." Bourque says the public has to realize that by the time a train crew sees a trespasser or vehicle on a level crossing, it is too late to stop. The railways, police forces and governments cooperate in Operation Lifesaver to educate the public about the dangers near railway lines, he noted. "Every year in Canada approximately 300 collisions and trespassing incidents occur at highway/railway crossings and along railway tracks resulting in the death or serious injury of nearly 130 people. Virtually all of these incidents could be avoided," Operation Lifesaver says. The rail industry used its annual safety week blitz reminding motorists to stop at crossings when the red warning lights are flashing. It also wants people not to walk on tracks. Railway Association of Canada / Association des chemins de fer du Canada 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Fall 2013

President’s Message
Railway Legislation Passes, Regulations to Follow
Railways Support TSB Call for In-Cab Video and Voice if Integrated into SMS
A Fresh Look for GO Transit
Trespassing Seen as Biggest Threat to Rail Safety
Mecfor Innovates with UTV and Creates North American Demand
CN Recognized for Climate Change Transparency with CDP Leadership Position
CN a Transportation Industry Sustainability Leader
GO Transit Receives Outstanding Achievement Award
Update on Railways in Canada
A & B Rail Services
Index to Advertisers

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