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National rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada are holding the annual Rail Safety Week public outreach event September 22-28 this year with the support of the U.S. Department of Transportation, state departments of transportation, and other organizations.

[Above photo by the National Transportation Safety Board.]

The organization noted in a statement that the goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness about the importance of rail safety and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way. And state DOTs plan to deploy a number of initiatives next week in support of that effort.

[Here’s an example from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, crafted for the 2017 Rail Safety Week campaign.]

For example, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to help host a one-day event on September 24 called “Operation Clear Track” to raise awareness with the general public regarding pedestrian rail safety and rail trespassing laws.

During that event, Georgia law enforcement personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing incident locations to hand out railroad safety cards to motorists and pedestrians, while issuing warnings and citations to violators.

editor@aashto.org

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