This year’s observance of Rail Safety Week (RSW), Sept. 19-25, reached millions of people through events and activities as well as digital media campaigns, social media, and other online messaging, according to a new 2022 RSW Results Report from Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).
The annual observance of Rail Safety Week throughout North America is led by OLI, Operation Lifesaver Canada, and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF).
“We are excited to see the rail safety message being shared throughout the week and grateful for the commitment and passion that our partners showed in support of Operation Lifesaver’s mission to save lives,” said Rachel Maleh, OLI executive director. “From the 300 law enforcement and first responder agencies participating in Operation Clear Track on Sept. 19 to the many organizations and individuals wearing red on Sept. 23, #RedOutForRailSafety Day, enthusiasm for Rail Safety Week continues to grow.”
Every three hours a person or vehicle is hit by a train in the U.S., and over 50% of vehicle-train collisions occur at crossings with lights and or gates, according to OLI.
“We are encouraged by these results and urge everyone to share the rail safety message throughout the year and save the date for next year’s Rail Safety Week, Sept. 18-24, 2023. Together, we can #STOPTrackTragedies,” Maleh said.