🚨It’s Rail Safety Week 🚨 Special Edition Signal – 9/20/2021

Subject: 🚨 It’s Rail Safety Week 🚨 Special Edition Signal – 9/20/2021

We All Have a Role to Play in Rail Safety

Approximately 95% of all rail related deaths involve drivers at grade crossings or people trespassing on railroad tracks. With safer behavior, most of these deaths are preventable. The rail community is committed to working with the communities it serves to reach its goal of zero accidents. We all have a role to play in preventing these tragedies and you can make a difference by taking part in Operation Lifesaver’s (OLI’s) fifth annual Rail Safety Week, which kicks off today. Here are a few ways to get involved:

Spread the Word:
Re-share social posts from @olinational and tag a photo of yourself in red with #RedOutForRailSafety on 9/24.

Lead the Way:
Share OLI’s free children’s resources with the little ones in your life or the parents that you know.

Check Yourself:
Touch up on your driver safety knowledge with rules and facts from OLI.

Zoom In:
Click hereright click save as and then update your virtual meeting backgrounds.

Every Week is Rail Safety Week for Freight Railroads

From virtual reality videos to national safety campaigns, the freight rail industry works every day to help keep drivers and pedestrians safe around railroad tracks. Although the grade crossing collision rate has dropped 46% between 2000 and 2020, railroads will not rest until all track tragedies stop.

It’s Time for the House to Approve the IIJA

In August, the Senate passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included nearly $845 million per year for highway-rail grade crossing safety and improvement projects. In the spirit of Rail Safety Week, we encourage the House to pass this landmark legislation as soon as possible.


The force of a train hitting a car is the equivalent of a car hitting a…

A. Concrete building
B. Another car
C. A soda can

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Life-saving Tips from OLI

  1. Always Expect a Train: Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains often change. Always expect a train at each grade crossing intersection at any time.
  2. Right of Way: Trains have the right of way 100% of the time over emergency vehicles, cars, the police and pedestrians.
  3. Obey the Signs: Cross train tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.
  4. Trains are Quiet: Today’s modern, highly technological trains don’t produce that “clackety-clack” you see in old movies. Any approaching train is always closer and moving faster than you think.