CALGARY, Alta.–The safest back to school route doesn’t include trespassing on railway property. With back to school upon us, Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) is reminding parents, caregivers and students to choose the safe path when walking to and from school and never trespass on railway property.
During the week of September 8-11, CPPS will be running a “Back to School Rail Safety Campaign” across Canada and the U.S.
Officers will be paying extra attention to public railway crossings and railway rights-of-way in and around school zones during morning, lunch and after-school hours when young people are travelling to and from school, said a release.
“After a long summer, it’s important to remind parents, caregivers and students to be hyper-vigilant around railway property,” said Ken Marchant, CP Police Chief.
“No matter your form of transportation – driving, walking, cycling, skateboarding – people need to know that any route that includes illegally crossing or using railway tracks is the wrong route.”
The goal of this campaign is to help prevent railway crossing collisions and trespassing incidents by encouraging young people and adults to take safe routes to school and to be safe around railway operations.
Enforcement and education action will focus on high-risk behaviours such as drivers disobeying railway crossing signals, speeding, using electronic devices while driving and offences involving school and transit buses; pedestrians and cyclists disobeying railway crossing signals or failing to yield the right-of-way to approaching trains, and; young people and adults trespassing on railway property.
“Ignoring warnings around railway property can result in a serious injury or death, and could have a serious impact on you, your family and friends, your community and railway employees,” said Mike Regimbal, Operation Lifesaver National Director. “We aim to get the word out that all these incidents are 100 percent preventable.”
Year-round, Operation Lifesaver, a safety partnership with railways and other safety groups, helps to deliver the message that when people “See Tracks” they should “Think Train”.