Calgary, AB – Canadian Pacific (CP) and the CP Police Service (CPPS) will be educating the public throughout Rail Safety Week (April 25 – May 1) about the importance of safe, smart decisions in and around railway property, 365 days a year.
In conjunction with Operation Lifesaver and other stakeholders, CP is reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that any route that includes illegally crossing railway tracks or using railway tracks as a short cut is the wrong route. During the week, CP and CPPS will conduct rail safety blitzes in communities across our network with participation from other police agencies and schools to educate the public about the role we each play in staying safe.
“Railway tracks are not an extension of a public pathway, nor are they a safe shortcut,” said Laird Pitz, CP Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. “While Rail Safety Week is a good reminder, rail safety requires ongoing vigilance every minute of every day. Crossing incidents can have tragic consequences for all involved, but it’s important to remember – they are preventable.”
The safe operation of our trains through the communities in which we operate is a priority for CP. During Rail Safety Week, CPPS will be visible in the community educating people about the dangers of trespassing on railway property. CPPS will focus on high traffic areas where the railway sees high instances of trespassing or dangerous behaviour around the railway right-of-way.
“For the last 35 years Operation Lifesaver has been dedicated to preventing as many crossing and trespassing incidents as possible by raising awareness of rail safety among Canadians,” said Mike Regimbal, Operation Lifesaver Canada National Director. “The support and involvement of communities, rail operators and governments over those years has resulted in lives saved and injuries prevented, with the past year being our best on record. Yet, for all there is to celebrate, we must also remember that there is still more to be done, because every injury or death is entirely preventable.”
Although the number of crossing and trespasser incidents and fatalities has declined year-over-year, one incident is one too many.
- 164 vehicle vs. train incidents in Canada in 2015; 14 resulted in fatalities (Source: TSB Canada)
- 53 trespasser vs. train incidents in Canada in 2015; 31 resulted in fatalities (Source: TSB Canada)
- 14 trespasser accidents in Canada in the first three month of 2016; seven in 2015 (Source: TSB Canada)
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About CP Police Service
The CP Police Service (CPPS) is a fully accredited police agency operating in both Canada and the U.S. 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.