It’s National Rail Safety Week 2012
Throughout Canada, there are approximately 300 railroad collisions and trespassing incidents annually. Out of these 300 accidents, roughly 150 result in death or serious injury. During the first three months of 2012, rail accidents increased by 25 percent from this time last year. The primary provinces seeing this spike in accidents include Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.
This week marks the start of National Rail Safety Week throughout Canada. National Rail Safety Week is designed to bring awareness to the recent rise in rail-related accidents and kick-start rail accident prevention. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of incidents that result in fatalities, injuries and monetary losses. Throughout the week, the police force will conduct safety initiatives at commuter stations and railway crossings to promote awareness.
Here are three tips to keep in mind when approaching railways:
- Always expect a train
- Obey all warning signs and signals
- Respect private property
Railway incidents can ultimately be avoided by educating drivers and pedestrians as well as working closely with the government to reduce the amount of accidents each year.