The City of Regina says its taking no chances when it comes to pedestrian safety around railway crossings.
An initiative was unveiled Monday called ‘See Tracks? Think Train.’
It’s aimed at making safety an automatic habit for people when they are driving or walking near train tracks.
This initiative was launched in 2014 by Operation Lifesaver – a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about risky pedestrian and driver behaviour around railroad tracks.
“The City of Regina is happy to come on board and join the CN Police, Canadian Pacific (CP), along with SGI, in helping to increase pedestrian safety at railway crossings,” Mayor Michael Fougere said. “This initiative demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our residents and we look forward to reducing the number of incidents at railway crossings.”
A total of nine locations throughout Regina will receive the ‘See Tracks? Think Train.’ stencils:
- Trail crossing at CN line, east of Dorothy Street
- CN line at Dorothy Street
- CN line at McCarthy Boulevard
- Elphinstone Street, south of McKinley Avenue (CN)
- CP crossing at Elphinstone Street, north of Saskatchewan Drive
- Albert Street, south of 1st Avenue North (CN)
- Albert Street, north of 3rd Avenue (CN)
- Broad Street, south of 1st Avenue North (CN)
- 2nd Avenue North, west of Winnipeg Street (CN)
“The decals are a great reminder to all road users, but especially kids and young people, to be alert when they’re approaching or crossing the railroad tracks,” said CN Police Constable Dustin Schollenberg. “Rail safety is a shared responsibility, and we’re proud to be partnering with the City of Regina to raise awareness in this community.”
Pedestrians should keep the following safety tips in mind when needing to cross a railway:
- A typical freight train can take nearly two kilometres to stop, even when emergency brakes are applied – the distance of 16 football fields!
- “Selfies” and photo shoots on train tracks have deadly consequences.
- “It’s never safe to stop closer than five metres from rails as a train is at almost one metre wider than tracks on both sides. More than 95 per cent of all rail-related deaths involve drivers trying to beat a train, or people trespassing on railroad tracks.
- “More than 50 per cent of people injured or killed while trespassing on railroad tracks have drugs or alcohol in their system.
- “Railroad tracks are private property and walking on them is trespassing. It’s illegal and dangerous; you risk being ticketed and fined, seriously injured or killed.