Encourages building safe behaviour around railway tracks and
equipment through sponsorship of Thomas and Friends™ story and
AB, Sept. 19, 2022 /CNW/ - Canadian Pacific
(CP) and Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) proudly support
Rail Safety Week, which begins today in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to increase awareness about staying
safe around railway crossings and tracks. Again this year, CP and
CPPS will join Operation Lifesaver Canada (OL) and Operation
Lifesaver U.S. (OLI) as they lead the way to bring train-related
injuries and fatalities to zero.
During Rail Safety Week, CPPS officers will be in communities
across CP's network patrolling railway property and conducting rail
safety presentations to educate the public on the dangers of unsafe
behaviour around trains and tracks.
"It's important to support and recognize Rail Safety Week
because one person seriously injured or killed is one too many,"
said Al Sauve, Chief of CP Police
Service. "CP Police will participate in different activities across
CP's network to help educate the public on rail safety in an effort
to stop these preventable incidents. We want everyone to always go
Every year, approximately 2,100 North Americans are seriously
hurt or killed because of unsafe behaviour around railway tracks
"Our goal for Rail Safety Week is to remind Canadians that
making an unsafe decision around tracks and trains — whether it's
to train-hop, ignore railway signs and signals or to send a text
while driving — can tear lives apart: yours, those of your loved
ones and members of your community," said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation
Lifesaver Canada. "We're calling on everyone to do their part to
CP will also support OL and OLI initiatives throughout the week
by participating in Operation Clear Track in Canada and the U.S., promoting
#STOPTrackTragedies and supporting the unveiling of rail safety
decals that say "Look. Listen. Live." at 19 railway crossings
across CP's network in Canada.
"Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) continues to be thankful for
CP's active engagement in Rail Safety Week. Joining our
counterparts in Canada and
Mexico, partnerships are
instrumental in sharing the rail safety message. Together, we can
stop track tragedies," said Executive Director Rachel Maleh of Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
Last week, Operation Lifesaver launched two new Thomas &
Friends™ books published in partnership with Mattel Canada, CP and Metrolinx to help reach
young Canadians with the rail safety message.
"Teaching children about rail safety from an early age forms
their behaviours for the future," said Sauve. "Thomas &
Friends™ is an age-appropriate and easy-to-understand
introduction to rail safety that we hope will positively influence
children. CP is proud to be a part of this initiative with
Operation Lifesaver and help share the message of rail safety."
Follow CP's rail safety outreach activities on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Visit OL and OLI to learn more about Rail Safety Week and how to
become a rail safety ambassador.
About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the
United States with direct links to major ports on the west
and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive
rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the
globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of
freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply
chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.
About CP Police Service
The CP Police Service (CPPS) is a fully accredited police agency
operating in both Canada and the United States created by Federal Statute
with full federal, state and provincial powers. CPPS officers are
peace officers as defined by the Criminal Code. The CPPS plays an
important role by contributing to public safety and enforcement
activities in the communities where Canadian Pacific operates. CPPS
officers promote public safety through trespasser abatement
patrols, enforcement of traffic legislation at and near railway
crossings and participation in education activities to raise
awareness of community safety issues. The CPPS also help to protect
the critical infrastructure of Canada and the U.S. by
ensuring supply chain integrity and ensuring the operational
efficiency of the transportation network.
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver Canada is a national public rail-safety
program sponsored by Transport Canada, the Railway Association of
Canada and its members, including CN, CP, VIA Rail, Metrolinx, Exo,
West Coast Express and Genesee & Wyoming, among others. Through its national
network of Rail Safety Ambassadors, partnerships with safety
councils, police, the trucking industry and community groups, and
innovative tools such as its virtual-reality Look. Listen. Live.
campaign, Operation Lifesaver Canada works to save lives by
educating Canadians about the hazards of trespassing on railway
property and failing to exercise caution at rail crossings.
Canadians can keep up-to-date on the latest rail safety news by
Operation Lifesaver, which this year celebrates the
50th anniversary of its founding in 1972, is a non-profit
public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to
reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail
crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. In
1986 the non-profit Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
(OLI) national office was created to help support and
coordinate efforts of state Operation Lifesaver programs, saving
lives by sharing rail safety messages with audiences across the
U.S. and beyond. OLI programs are active in 47 states and the
District of Columbia. A national
network of trained volunteers gives free rail safety presentations
encouraging safe behavior near tracks and trains. OLI's free
Railroad Investigation and Safety Course (RISC) provides critical
information for first responders when managing incidents around
tracks and trains. Learn more about OLI and Rail Safety Week;
follow OLI on social media via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn,
Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.
SOURCE Canadian Pacific