Idaho: Operation Lifesaver going strong after 42 years

19 Oct

LXinfoImage782-OLrailsafetyeducationlogoIt is 42 years since Idaho was the founding state of Operation Lifesaver and still there is a need to press home the safety message “see tracks, think train” as in 2013 there were eight fatalities on Idaho’s level crossings. Now Idaho Operation Lifesaver has again teamed-up with police to reduce the risk by persuading motorists to stop as required at level crossings. In the latest blitz, most of those stopped by police for failing to use a level crossing properly were warned rather than ticketed. In Idaho the penalty for failing to stop at an activated level crossing is just USD90. This figure is insufficient in itself to change behaviours hence the involvement of Operation Lifesaver and the focus on education alongside enforcement. A similar philosophy applies in relation to tackling trespass which is now a bigger killer across the United States than accidents on and misuse of level crossings.

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