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CP promotes safety awareness and safe action around railroad property

CALGARY, Alta.– Canadian Pacific (CP) and the Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) will be educating the public during Rail Safety Week about safety in and around railway property and how to stay safe for the balance of the year.

From April 27 through May 3, CP and CPPS will conduct rail safety blitzes in communities across our network – fromMontreal to Vancouver – with participation from other police agencies and schools to educate motorists, pedestrians, and the public about the role we each play in staying safe.

“When people use railway property or tracks as walking paths, they are risking their lives,” said Laird Pitz, Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. “Rail safety requires vigilance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We are asking everyone to consider their own safety around railroad property. The impact of an incident can have tragic consequences for all concerned, including family, friends and community.”

Despite the decline in incidents, one accident is one too many since they are all preventable.

Operation Lifesaver (OL), a not-for-profit organization sponsored by Canada’s railway industry and Transport Canada, has organized Rail Safety Week for 12 years. This year, OL has planned over 500 activities during the week, including presentations in schools, mock collisions and crossing blitzes.

“When people see tracks, we want them to think ‘danger’,” said Mike Regimbal, National Director of OL. “Ignorance around railway property can result in a serious injury or death, and could have a serious impact on you, your friends and family, your community and railway employees.”