Town of Okotoks: Stay Off the Train Bridge for Your Safety

11863433_1016974491670844_2697084607572522487_nTrespassing on the private property of railroad tracks and jumping off the Okotoks train bridge is illegal and subject to being charged under the Petty Trespass Act.

The dangers of jumping from the height of the bridge into the very shallow river water below is extremely dangerous and life threatening.   Municipal Enforcement, RCMP and the CP Police Service will be monitoring the area, as there have been reports of youth participating in this activity.

The danger of jumping is compounded by the fact that a train can come at any time. Ignoring signage at or near rail lines by walking onto a rail bridge to jump into a body of water, places pedestrians at significant and unnecessary risk from approaching trains.

The World Health Organization reports that impact injuries are usually the result of diving accidents, particularly diving into shallow water and/or hitting underwater obstructions. Water may appear to be deeper than it is. Jumping from the bridge can cause the following injuries:

Impact of the head/back on a hard surface may cause head and/or spinal injuries. Spinal injuries may result in various degrees of paraplegia or quadriplegia. Head injuries may also cause concussion and loss of memory and/ or motor skills.
Drowning and impact injuries in adults are frequently associated with alcohol consumption, which impairs judgement and the ability to react effectively.
A detached retina, which can result in blindness or near-blindness, may be caused by jumping into water or jumping onto other people in the water.
Each year approximately 10,000 new spinal cord injuries are identified and treated in Canada. The average age of onset is 28.7 years with the most common age being 19 years. Fifty percent of the injuries occur in the 15-24 age group. Eighty-two percent of all spinal cord injuries happen to males.

Please stay off the train bridge for your safety.