It's Rail Safety Week!
Apr 30, 2012
With an alarming spike in cases of pedestrian vs. train this year and it being Rail Safety Week, organizations across the country want to make sure everyone knows the rules.
Dan Di Tota, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada, says that includes stopping at crossings when the lights are flashing.
"On average, those lights begin to flash about 20 seconds before a train arrives at that location. Those trains can't swerve to go around you. It takes almost two kilometres for them to stop," he says.
This year alone, six pedestrians have been hit in Alberta. Five died and one was seriously hurt. All week long, safety officials will be stopping vehicles at 'high risk' crossings in an effort to educate drivers about the do's and don'ts.