Union Pacific Promotes Railroad Crossing Safety in Arkansas during Operation Lifesaver Railroad Safety Awareness Week Beginning May 12
Omaha, Neb., May 07, 2008 Union Pacific today reminds motorists and pedestrians in Arkansas to heed the warning devices at railroad crossings especially during Operation Lifesaver Awareness Week that begins May 12. Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights of way. The program seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians to make safe decisions at crossings and around railroad tracks.
"With nearly 5,000 rail crossings and more than 3,500 miles of track in the state, we encourage Arkansas drivers and families to focus on crossing railroad tracks safely," said John Simpson, Union Pacific’s manager of public safety.
During Operation Lifesaver Safety Week, Union Pacific is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies and Operation Lifesaver in Arkansas to host several officer-on-the-train safety events from 8 a.m. to noon. This is an opportunity for public officials and media to see the dangers that train engineers experience on tracks every day.
Following are the dates and locations of Officer on the train events:
- Monday, May 12 - 2nd Avenue and Court Streets in Paragould, AR
- Tuesday, May 13 - 100 South Madison Street in Jonesboro, AR
- Wednesday, May 14 - Front Street and Commercial Street in Wynne, AR
- Thursday, May 15 - 400 Market Street in Bald Knob, AR
- Friday, May 16 - 201 East 4th Street in Pine Bluff, AR.
"Nationwide, a collision occurs between a train and vehicle or a train and a pedestrian nearly every two hours with about half of all crossing collisions occurring at highway-rail intersections with flashing lights and/or gates," said Simpson.
Last year, all railroads in Arkansas reported a total of 71 highway-rail incidents, including collisions between a train and a vehicle resulting in 34 persons being injured and 12 persons killed. That compares to 80 highway-rail incidents, including collisions between a train and vehicle resulting in 27 persons being injured and nine persons killed in 2006.
For more information about rail safety education resources, please visit www.oli.org.
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