Rail Safety Week

From April 28 to May 4, 2014, Canada will celebrate Rail Safety Week under the theme See Tracks? Think Train! During the week, the B.C. Provincial Committee on Rail Safety Public Outreach will host two key events to promote the upward trend in rail safety awareness.

Awareness campaigns appear to be having a positive effect on rail safety across the province. The past year has seen a decline in rail crossing and trespassing accidents in B.C. when compared to the five-year average. There were 19 crossing accidents in 2013 compared to an average of 23 from 2008 to 2012. Likewise, there were eight trespassing accidents in 2013 compared to the average 12 accidents per year since 2008.

Crossing Blitz in Chilliwack
On Wednesday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., CN Rail Police will carry out an enforcement blitz at Young Road in Chilliwack, B.C. to pass along important rail safety information to drivers and pedestrians.

Rail Safety Booth at Vancouver Waterfront Station
On Friday, May 2, between 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Committee members will be on hand at Waterfront Station in Vancouver, B.C. to hand out safety information to West Coast Express passengers.

These joint public outreach activities are in addition to the several activities organized by Operation Lifesaver Canada in British Columbia.

The B.C. Provincial Committee on Rail Safety Public Outreach works with all parties in the railway industry, enforcement agencies, and all levels of government to promote rail safety and to reduce the number of highway/railway grade crossing collisions and trespassing incidents on railway property. The Committee members include the B.C. Safety Authority, BNSF, CN, CP, Operation Lifesaver, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, Transport Canada, Union of B.C. Municipalities, and VIA Rail. UBCM is pleased to have Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, UBCM's First VP appointed to this Committee on Rail Safety Public Outreach.

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