Operation Lifesaver is a national public education program sponsored by the Railway Association of Canada and Transport Canada and works in co-operation with the Canada Safety Council, provincial safety councils/leagues, railway companies, unions, police, public and community groups. Its goal is to reduce the needless loss of life, injuries and damages caused by highway/railway crossing collisions and train/pedestrian incidents.

For more details, visit their website at: www.operationlifesaver.ca

10 Tips to Save Your Life, Or That of a Friend...

  1. Be prepared to stop at a highway/railway crossing.
  2. Look for the crossbuck symbol of a highway/railway crossing. Some more travelled crossings have lights and bells or gates.
  3. Listen for warning bells and whistles. Turn off, or turn down distracting fans, heaters and radios. Ask the children to be quiet until the crossing is safely crossed. Opening the window can also help you hear.
  4. Obey the signals! Never try to drive under a gate as it is closing, or around a closed gate. If the gate starts to close while you're under it, keep moving ahead until you clear the crossing.
  5. If a police officer or a member of the train crew is directing traffic at the crossing, obey their directions.
  6. If one train passes, make sure that a second train is not approaching on another track.
  7. Cross the tracks in low gear! Don't attempt to change gears while crossing.
  8. If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get out quickly and away from the vehicle and tracks. Also move in the direction the train approached to avoid being hit by debris because your vehicle will be swept forward by the momentum of the train.
  9. If your view is obstructed for 300 metres in either direction, don't attempt to cross the track until you are certain that no train is approaching. Be especially careful driving during bad weather.
  10. Walking or playing on train tracks is dangerous and illegal! The only safe way to cross railway tracks is to use designated crossings, and to obey all signs and signals.


The above safety tips and more railway safety information can be obtained at http://www.operationlifesaver.ca/