USA: Operation Lifesaver endorses ILCAD

4 Jun

Joyce Rose, President of Operation Lifesaver in the USA has said that “Operation Lifesaver USA is proud to observe the sixth annual International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD), bringing worldwide attention to the important issue of safety at crossings. Operation Lifesaver programs and partners are holding events across the nation in conjunction with ILCAD.

Operation Lifesaver welcomes this year’s focus on professional drivers, because approximately one in four crossing collisions in the USA includes a vehicle driven by professional drivers. Our safety tips and materials specifically created for these drivers (http://oli.org/training/professional-drivers) help prepare them to make every railroad crossing a safe one.

In the USA, vehicle-train collisions and deaths at railroad crossings rose in 2013, as did pedestrian-rail trespass deaths and injuries. Our new See Tracks? Think Train! safety education campaign (www.seetracksthinktrain.org) was created to encourage drivers and pedestrians to make safety an automatic habit near train tracks.

We are gratified that more countries around the world are joining in the ILCAD celebration each year. Our combined efforts will continue to make a difference, and save lives.”

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