Rail Safety week increases awareness and promotes public safety

This week is national Rail Safety Week and the Lethbridge Police Service is joining the Canadian Pacific Police Service in encouraging residents to always be vigilant around railway tracks .

  • Only cross tracks at designated crossings. Railway lines are private property, and walking on them constitutes trespassing. The only safe, legal place to cross a rail line is at a marked grade crossing

  • Never walk on railway bridges

  • Don’t bike down or near railway tracks

  • Don’t use railway tracks or the adjoining right-of-way as an ATV path

  • Keep your dog on leash at all times around railway property

  • Every rail crossing in North America has a 24-hour toll-free emergency number posted. If you ever see something unsafe around the tracks, call immediately

  • If you’re concerned about someone’s mental health and their interest in train tracks call your nearest mental health support line to get them help

  • If your vehicle is stalled on the tracks get out, get away. Call the emergency number on the crossing or 911

Every year more than 100 Canadians are seriously injured or killed as the result of railway crossing or trespassing incidents. Almost every one of these incidents is preventable. Always stay a safe distance from trains and off railway property and tracks. Do not use train tracks as a shortcut and always obey railway signs and signals. Look. Listen. Live.