USA: Crossing and trespass fatalities increase in 2014. Operation Lifesaver comments

11 Mar

LXinfoImage1235-See tracks think trainLevel crossing fatalities increased from 231 to 267 year on year, a rise of 15.6% in 2014 while collisions with road vehicles on level crossings showed an increase of 8.8% which took the 2014 figure to 2,280 which equates to a train-vehicle collision once every 3hrs 50mins. Trespasser fatalities increased from 432 to 526 in 2014, a 21.8% increase.

Operation Lifesaver has responded promptly to the release of 2014 statistics showing increase in the number of level crossing fatalities and trespass fatalities in the USA.

Joyce Rose, the President and CEO of Operation Lifesaver Inc said “The statistics show that challenges remain in our mission to educate a busy, distracted public about the need for caution at train tracks,”

“These preliminary 2014 statistics demonstrate the continuing need to raise public awareness through our national ‘See Tracks? Think Train!’ campaign,” Rose continued. “Operation Lifesaver, in partnership with major freight railroads, commuter and light rail systems, state and local law enforcement, and transportation agencies, will be expanding the campaign and developing new educational materials to encourage Americans to make safe decisions around tracks and trains,” she concluded.

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