USA: 25 states will hold ILCAD events

3 May

LXinfoImage1156-OL ILCAD poster 2013Operation Lifesaver programmes and partners across the USA will celebrate International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD, www.ilcad.org/ILCAD-2013) on May 7th, 2013 with a variety of events to illustrate the importance of safe behavior at level crossings and around train tracks. Statistics show that vehicle-train collisions and injuries at level crossings were lower across the USA. in 2012, crossing-related fatalities were flat and rail trespass deaths and injuries rose.  This year, 45 countries worldwide are holding events in observance of ILCAD.

“As Operation Lifesaver joins countries around the world in observing the fifth annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day, we take pride in the efforts that have contributed to a continued reduction in US crossing incidents,” said Joyce Rose, president, Operation Lifesaver USA (www.oli.org). “In the face of growing demand for public transit, passenger and freight rail services, our mission of rail safety education is more relevant than ever.”

Rose noted that Operation Lifesaver state programme leaders and safety partners from the railroad industry, state government agencies, local law enforcement, communities and other groups will participate in activities next week across the USA. in conjunction with ILCAD.  Events include crossing safety community activities, state proclamations, posters and banners, special trains, commuter rail station displays, positive enforcement exercises, outreach to professional truck drivers, school safety presentations, special training events, media interviews, news releases and social media.

“Despite a reduction in vehicle-train collisions, across the US a person or vehicle is hit by a train about every three hours. We are grateful to our safety partners and volunteers for their help in raising awareness to save lives,” Rose stated.

The United States had 1,960 vehicle-train collisions in 2012, according to preliminary Federal Railroad Administration statistics, versus 2,062 in 2011. Crossing collisions resulted in 271 deaths and 930 injuries last year. In 2012, trespass deaths rose to 438 from 412 in 2011; trespass injuries were also higher in 2012 (406) versus 2011 (367).

Twenty-five states – Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,  Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming – will hold activities in conjunction with ILCAD.

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