WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 20, 2022 — Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), the national nonprofit railroad safety education organization, today joins law enforcement and other first responders across the United States for “Operation Clear Track,” the largest rail safety initiative in the United States. This annual initiative takes place during Rail Safety Week, observed this year from September 19 to 25 in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The objective of Operation Clear Track and Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the importance of making safe choices around railway tracks and level crossings.
“According to the Federal Railroad Administration, trespassing on the railroad right-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths in America,” said Amtrak Police Chief D. Samuel Dotson. “These incidents remind us of the importance of obeying the law and exercising extreme caution around railway tracks and crossings. In an effort to save lives and keep communities safe, we continue to work closely on Operation Clear Track to highlight the importance of obeying the law and the dangers of ignoring crossing warnings. .
“Every 3 hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train,” said Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of Operation Lifesaver, Inc. “Our mission at Operation Lifesaver is to save lives by helping people to make safe choices around railway tracks and trains. We are grateful to Amtrak and the first responders who join our efforts today and throughout the year to share rail safety messages in their communities. Together we can help stop the tragedies of the trail.
During Operation Clear Track, law enforcement officials report to high-level incident crossings at various locations. Once there, law enforcement officials share safety tips and enforce crossing and trespassing laws, as well as issue citations and warnings to violators.
State Operation Lifesaver programs across the United States and their first-response community partners participate in Operation Clear Track and other Rail Safety Week events to reduce these incidents and enable state residents protect themselves near tracks and trains. This collaborative rail safety initiative is one of many events planned during Rail Safety Week.
About Operation Lifesaver
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1972 this year, Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries to level crossings and the prevention of trespassing on or near railway tracks. In 1986, the non-profit association Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) The national office was created to help support and coordinate the efforts of state Operation Lifesaver programs, saving lives by sharing rail safety messages with audiences across the United States and beyond. OLI programs are active in 47 states and the District of Columbia. A national network of trained volunteers give free rail safety presentations encouraging safe behavior around tracks and trains. OLI’s free Railway Investigation and Safety (RISC) course provides essential information for first responders when handling incidents around tracks and trains. Learn more about OLI and Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on social networks via Facebook, instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, pinterest and Youtube.
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Jennifer DeAngelis Operation Lifesaver, Inc 202-815-4340 [email protected]
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