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Stay alert and keep safe: Look both ways around tracks and trains 

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Sept. 18-24 is Rail Safety Week.  

Operation Lifesaver’s annual weeklong event is a collaborative effort with partner agencies across North America to STOP Track Tragedies—this year’s theme.

Rail Safety Week is about saving lives through education and empowering everyone to make safe decisions around trains and tracks. 

According to Operation Lifesaver, more than 2,100 people are injured or killed in crossing and trespassing incidents each year.  

Sharing track safety messages with friends and family helps reduce the probability of an incident. Trains come from both directions; they can’t stop, but you can. Making the safe choice around train tracks should be second nature. 

Look both ways 

Trains come from both directions, so always expect a second train! 

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Headphones off, screens down 

It’s important to be alert to stay safe. Put your phone away, so your mind is present on your surroundings.  

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Take crosswalks, not shortcuts 

Trains always have the right of way, so pay attention to crossing signals. Do not walk under or around rail crossing gates—they're diverting you for a reason. 

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Stay behind the yellow line 

The yellow strip creates a barrier between the train and the station platform. Step back and look up to make sure you’re at a safe distance from where the trains will be. 

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Bike smart, ride safe 

Always pay attention when cycling or scootering around train tracks. When riding across tracks, get to a legal crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks carefully. Also, always cross tracks at a right angle to avoid getting your tires stuck in the track.  

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Thank you for being safe!

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