Brockville (September 24, 2019) – The Brockville Police Service is proud to be joining forces with law enforcement agencies across North America today for “Operation Clear Track” — the single largest rail-safety law-enforcement initiative in North America.
Coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada, Operation Clear Track aims to reduce the number of railway crossing and trespassing incidents in Canada and the U.S. — incidents which seriously injure or kill more than 2,100 people each year.
We are pleased to assist with “Operation Clear Track”. Our officers hope to prevent any incidents at our rail through education and enforcement.
“Operation Clear Track’s goal is to educate the public about how they can keep themselves safe around tracks and trains,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada.
“A split-second decision to try to beat a train at a crossing, or to use tracks at a shortcut or a recreational path, can have tragic consequences. We want to encourage people to think twice before they engage in those unsafe behaviours.”
This is the first year that Canadian law enforcement agencies will be participating in Operation Clear Track. More than 500 police and sheriff departments across North America have signed up for the initiative, which takes place annually during Rail Safety Week (September 23–29, 2019).
Participating police departments will work together to enforce rail crossing and trespassing laws, and distribute rail-safety tip sheets to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Brockville Police officers plan to have a presence at Perth Street today at Tuesday September 24th from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
For more information about Operation Clear Track, Rail Safety Week and other rail-safety initiatives and tips, please visit: operationlifesaver.ca