The Chatham-Kent Police Service is joining forces with law enforcement agencies across North America this week for ‘Operation Clear Track’ — the single largest rail-safety law-enforcement initiative in North America.
“A split-second decision to try to beat a train at a crossing, or to use tracks as a shortcut or a recreational path, can have tragic consequences,” stated Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada, in a media release.
“Operation Clear Track’s goal is to encourage people to think twice before engaging in unsafe behaviours, and to learn how to keep themselves safe around tracks and trains.”
Constable Renee Cowell, public information officer for the Chatham-kent Police Service, added: “Over the past five years, officers have responded to 10 collisions at railway crossings here in Chatham-Kent. This week, as part of Rail Safety Week, we will be participating in a virtual Operation Clear Track, by sharing videos and photos on social media, to emphasize the importance of obeying rail crossings and trespassing laws.”
For more information about Rail Safety Week, visit: https://www.operationlifesaver.ca/
Stay safe near the railway with the following tips: https://www.cpr.ca/en/safety/railsense