10 tips for safe holiday travel
Millions of Canadians will soon be on the roads to visit family and friends or to take a vacation for the holidays. During this time it is easy to be in a rush to get to your destinations and not be as vigilant of safety as you should be. If you’re driving take special care at grade crossings, as they present possible danger for a rail incident.
There were 180 crossing accidents in Canada in 2014, with 21 of these resulting in fatalities and 25 resulting in serious injuries. “These tragedies can be prevented simply by obeying the crossing signals,” says Stephen Covey, police chief for CN. “Trains cannot stop quickly and they cannot swerve to avoid a collision. Safety is very much a shared responsibility if we are to reduce accidents. The public must do their part in observing the rules at all times. When you see tracks, think trains.”
Some Basic Rail Safety Rules to Remember:
• Never walk or play on train tracks. It’s dangerous and illegal.
• Never play or stay near a stopped train.
• Cross train tracks at designated highway/railroad crossings.
• Look for signals and respect them.
• Be prepared to stop at crossings.
• Cross the tracks in low gear; do not change gears while crossing.
• Stalled vehicle? Get out quickly and move away from the vehicle and tracks.
• Listen for warning bells and whistles when approaching a crossing.
• Remember one train can hide another.
• Keep the CN Police number handy: 1-800-465-9239
CN Police work year-round to reduce trespassing incidents, fatalities and injuries, by conducting safety initiatives at commuter stations, inter modal terminals and railway crossings. Rail commuter stations are also visited to target a larger audience of rail users, particularly parents who are urged to pass on safety information to their children.
More information on rail safety is available at www.operationlifesaver.ca.