Published on : Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Approximately once every three hours in the United States, either a vehicle or a pedestrian is involved in a collision with a train. June is National Safety Month and Amtrak wants to take this opportunity to remind the public of the importance of railroad safety. Motorists and pedestrians can take action to prevent injuries and fatalities from occurring this summer, as a result of high-risk behavior on or near railroad crossings and tracks.
“The safety of our customers, employees and the public is Amtrak’s top priority,” said Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson. “When it comes to railroad safety, education and outreach are critical in raising public awareness to help save lives.”
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics reveal that in 2018, U.S. crossing collisions rose 4.3%, crossing deaths remained stationary and crossing injuries have decreased 2.9% since 2017. Total casualties, including deaths and injuries, resulting from rail trespassing incidents increased 2.8%; fatalities grew 12% and injuries fell 6.3% from their previous levels in 2017.
Amtrak is one of several partners with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), a national, nonprofit safety education group working to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. OLI offers programs in all 50 states and Canada, as well as trained volunteers who provide free safety presentations to community groups, school bus operators, truckers and student drivers to raise awareness of the dangers around railroad tracks and trains. OLI uses materials from their national public awareness campaign, “Stop Track Tragedies” to connect with the public at events and through poignant digital ads and videos.
Rail Safety Tips & Facts:
The Amtrak Police Department has a safety campaign called StayOffTheTracks.org and the Amtrak grade crossing safety video, “Cheating Death”, has been disseminated to driver’s education/CDL programs throughout U.S. with more than 3.6 million views. For more information on railroad safety, visit Operation Lifesaver or StayOffTheTracks.org.
Additionally, Amtrak is encouraging employees to participate in National Safety Month with company-wide initiatives including a Safety Video Challenge, recognition of “Safety All-Stars” with stories honoring employees or teams who perform exceptional work on safety and special content featured on internal communications channels to highlight workplace safety.
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