The long days and warm weather of summer encourage outdoor exploration, but that same activity can also lead to dangerous encounters with railway property. Although hikers are often tempted to walk along railroad tracks, that's an invitation to disaster because trains often can't stop in time to avoid collisions, warns Canadian Pacific Railway (CP). Last year, 2,115 crossing incidents were recorded in the U.S., resulting in 271 fatalities and 826 injuries, the company says.
Now, the railway is launching a campaign called "RailSense" to educate people on how to avoid those collisions and their devastating effects on families, communities, and railroad employees. "Railroad tracks are not an extension of a public pathway, nor are they a safe or legal shortcut," CP Chief of Police Ken Marchant said in a statement. "Rail safety requires ongoing vigilance every minute of every day. Each year, both crossing accidents and trespassing result in serious injuries and all too often, loss of life."
The campaign offers some quick tips that are intended to educate North Americans about train operations and outdoor safety. They include:
Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the summer weather, Operation Lifesaver and @CanadianPacific (CP) want to remind you to have "RailSense" and stay clear of trains and tracks.https://t.co/B5HnQ5qJuk pic.twitter.com/RWFSOMCprA— Operation Lifesaver (@oplifesaver) July 11, 2018
Whether you're on a bike or on foot, take a moment to #LookListenLive before you cross railway tracks. Only use designated crossings and obey all warning signs, signals and devices. pic.twitter.com/moHM6tq2v7— Operation Lifesaver (@oplifesaver) July 9, 2018