California: Operation Lifesaver to the fore in Rail Safety Month

4 Sep

California with more than 5,000 miles of railway and two level crossings for every mile of railway saw 72 trespasser and 41 level crossing fatalities in 2013 is again running a multitude of local initiatives this month, rail safety month, through to the end of September 2014.

California Operation Lifesaver is at the fore of this state-wide initiative, delivering many crossing safety blitzes and other awareness-raising events. A key component in the CAOL armoury is the See Tracks, Think Train campaign launched this year and already widely adopted.

Working closely with state, local and railway police, the CAOL initiatives centre on reducing the number of law infractions, principally the top three Vehicle Code Sections most violated:
– Vehicle/Pedestrian failing to stop for railroad crossing signal (22451[a])
– Vehicle/Pedestrian walking around lowered railroad crossing arms 922451[b]]
– Anti-Gridlock, stopping on railroad grade crossing; undercarriage clearance (22526[c]

For more information or to obtain the Law Enforcement Guide to Railroad Laws, contact your local law enforcement, the California Highway Patrol, or CAOL at +1 760 688 0588. Contained in the guide is a list of 14 vehicle code sections and 41 penal code sections relating to the railways, as well as an investigation checklist and train stopping procedures.

It’s still not too late to request a rail safety presentation during rail safety month or to volunteer as an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer, visit or call +1 760 688 0588.

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