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
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