Operation Lifesaver’s “Imagine” Video Offers New Drivers Lifesaving Railroad Crossing Tips
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Contact: Carol P. Steckbeck, (919) 303-5140,
WASHINGTON, DC, September 24, 2012 – Imagine you are a new driver, and the road ahead is full of possibilities. What you don’t count on is a train slamming into your vehicle at a railroad crossing, cutting short your future. Rail safety nonprofit Operation Lifesaver’s (OL, www.oli.org) new video, “Imagine,” has important safety information and tips to help new drivers avoid this tragic scenario. According to government statistics, drivers are 20 times more likely to die in a train-car collision than in a crash with another motor vehicle.
“We developed ‘Imagine’ as a digital tool to help new drivers understand what’s at stake each time they approach a highway-rail grade crossing,” said Operation Lifesaver President Helen M. Sramek. “You can also forward the ‘Imagine’ video to friends via email or share it on Facebook,” she added.
Operation Lifesaver Education and Training Director Wende Corcoran said “Imagine” is a versatile educational resource that appeals to today’s younger drivers. “This five-minute video will be used by our trained volunteers during free safety presentations in their communities as an interactive presentation or via computers or iPads. We have also posted it on our website so that everyone can watch it – and share through social media.”
The video was developed through a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, http://www.fra.dot.gov/.
Learn more about the video and other driver safety information at www.oli.org/newdriver. You can also access the digital presentation at http://bit.ly/Sg6C5F.
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a national, non-profit safety education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. Operation Lifesaver has programs in all 50 states, with trained volunteers who provide free safety talks to community groups, school bus drivers, truck drivers and student drivers to raise awareness around railroad tracks and trains. For more information, or to request a free safety presentation, visit www.oli.org.