Operation Lifesaver, Inc. offers safety tips during international railroad crossing awareness observance

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Contact: Libby Rector Snipe, 703-739-0308, news@oli.org

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9, 2016 – U.S. rail safety education nonprofit  Operation Lifesaver , Inc. (OLI) will participate in the eighth annual observance of  International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD)   June 10-11 as one of 40 countries calling worldwide attention to the need for safe behavior near tracks and trains.

“Operation Lifesaver USA is proud to observe International Level Crossing Awareness Day to focus global attention on the life-or-death issue of safe behavior at railroad crossings,” said OLI President and CEO Bonnie Murphy. “This year’s ILCAD outreach will focus on crossing safety for senior citizens and people with sensory and mobility restrictions, and Operation Lifesaver will also extend our efforts to a broader audience to spread these critical, lifesaving messages as widely as we can.”

More than 15 Operation Lifesaver state programs and their safety partners will participate in activities in conjunction with ILCAD, including crossing safety enforcement blitzes; “Chalk One Up for Safety” drawing contests featuring rail safety messages and social media sharing; “Officer on the Train” rides where law enforcement officers observe motorist, pedestrian and cyclist behavior at crossings; and rail safety information booths at popular tourist attractions.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day  began in 2009 in Europe  to highlight the need for public education on railway safety issues.

“Our continuing  See Tracks? Think Train!  safety education campaign, developed in conjunction with the  Association of American Railroads , encourages drivers and pedestrians to make safety an automatic habit near train tracks,” said Murphy. “This international partnership to raise awareness of rail safety – on ILCAD, and every day – supports our shared goal to eliminate deaths and injuries around tracks and trains throughout our communities.”

Operation Lifesaver offers these  tweetable  safety tips for all drivers and pedestrians, including those with sensory and mobility restrictions:

1.      The only safe, legal place to cross tracks is at a public pedestrian or road crossing with a crossbuck, flashing red lights or gate. #ILCAD

2.      Whenever you approach a highway-rail grade crossing, always expect a train. #ILCAD

3.      Remember that trains don’t follow set schedules and may approach from either direction.

4.      Today's trains are quieter than ever; any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than it appears .

5.      Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train.

6.      Watch for and obey the road signs and signals whenever you approach a railroad crossing; make sure you have enough time to cross safely .

7.      Listen carefully and look both ways to confirm that a train is not approaching before proceeding.

8.      If you have limited mobility and/or sensory impairment, consider using available transportation systems to reach your destination.

9.      If you must travel alone and have limited mobility and/or sensory impairment, ask for assistance near train tracks or crossings.

10.  Crossing tracks on a bicycle or in a wheelchair requires caution and extra attention - narrow wheels can get caught between the rails.

11.  Wheelchairs may be difficult to navigate over tracks at crossings; consider taking another route to avoid problems.

12.  Never stop on the tracks, even if a train is not in sight. #ILCAD

13.  Trains cannot stop quickly because of their size and weight; it’s up to you to stay clear of train tracks when a train is approaching.

14.  Trains are wider than the tracks by at least three feet on both sides; if you are next to the tracks, you can be hit by the train.

About Operation Lifesaver -  Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.  A national network of trained volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign,  “See Tracks? Think Train!”  equips the general public with tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more at   http://www.oli.org ; follow OLI on   Facebook ,   Twitter ,   Pinterest and  Instagram .   ###

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