Seventeen-year-old Michael Newnham thought he could beat an oncoming train and safely get across the tracks. He ducked under a lowered crossing gate -- a decision with tragic consequences
Not having RailSense can bring with it tragedy and serious consequences. Not only to you, but to your family, your community and the men and women who operate CP's trains and police CP's network.
The CP RailSense program, through education and targeted communications and outreach, asks you to be situationally aware around the railway.
Our goal is simple: encourage safe behaviour around tracks and trains, and eliminate injuries and fatalities*.
Hundreds of North Americans are killed each year in preventable incidents with trains.
In the U.S., a person is hit by a train every 3 minutes.
Chances of survival are slim for trespassers. Those who do survive often suffer from life-altering injuries, including amputation.
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Canada and the U.S. now observe Rail Safety Week during the same week. From September 23 to 29th, 2018, Operation Lifesaver Canada and Operation Lifesaver U.S. will work in partnership with CP, the rail industry, government, police, unions, and many public organizations and community groups to highlight safe practices around railway property.
Learn more about rail safety through our partner in rail safety advocacy, Operation Lifesaver Canada | U.S.
If you are a parent or teacher, use this presentation material to talk to kids classes or groups about rail safety.
Or request an Operation Lifesaver presentation from one of our officers or volunteers.
Follow Operation Lifesaver on social media to spread rail safety reminders year-round. Canada | U.S.
Become a CP RailSense ambassador and help us stop preventable incidents.
Follow us on social media and share our safety reminders to your friends and family.
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Trains and railway property are private property.
Walking on railway property is trespassing and illegal. This property includes the right-of-way, which extends 50 feet from either side of the track.
In Canada, federal offences under the Railway Safety Act range as high as $10,000. Fines vary by province.
In the U.S., felony trespass can result in up to 4 years in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. This varies by local and state jurisdictions.
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