As the first U.S. Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 24-30 approaches, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) President and CEO Bonnie Murphy previewed the event’s planned activities, key sponsors and information on how potential participants can learn more.
The goal of RSW is to raise awareness for pedestrians and drivers on ways they can keep themselves safe around railroad tracks and at level crossings.
Preliminary government data for 2016 show 1,104 people were killed or injured in vehicle-train collisions, and that an additional 980 people were injured or killed while walking on or near railroad tracks.
OLI President and CEO, Bonnie Murphy, said:
“We are grateful for the positive response from our rail safety partners across the U.S. as activities for Rail Safety Week have been planned”
“We look forward to a successful RSW, with the help of our partners in law enforcement, federal, state and local government, the rail industry other community safety advocates.”
Rail Safety Week will include radio and digital public service advertising campaigns, along with a number of local activities in states across the country, Murphy said. Rail Safety Week is supported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), state Operation Lifesaver programs, the Association of American Railroads (AAR), freight railroads, Amtrak, and other safety partners.
Murphy outlined the major events that will take place across the country each day during U.S. Rail Safety Week, including:
“We thank our RSW Champions at the FRA, FHWA, FTA and Amtrak, along with our RSW Partners, the DuPage Railroad Safety Council, and Allies, the National Safety Council”
Additional organisations are welcome to sponsor, Murphy noted, by clicking here.
Visit the Operation Lifesaver website to learn more about Rail Safety Week events, find materials, and learn how you can become part of the Rail Safety Week team.
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