Rail Safety Week runs from Monday April 27 to Sunday May 3, 2009. During this time period, Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) railway companies will be conducting safety blitz operations across Canada. It will include crossing and rail property trespassing enforcement. Also, they will be taking the opportunity to further educate the public to deter risk taking behaviour.
Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) officers will be conducting traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Toronto, Mississauga, Bowmanville, Whitby, Oshawa.
Pedestrians taking shortcuts across or tracks or walking along them can be unaware of an approaching train if they're listening to a MP3 player. There's no place easier to trip, slip and fall than a railroad track. Depending on the weight, it can take a train travelling between 90-100 km per hour almost to two kilometres to come to a stop.
CN has launched a safety website for children to mark the beginning of Rail Safety Week. Obie and his friends at www.cn.ca/obie .
This is a short list of areas you can except to see the blitz in action.
April 27 - Trespass Enforcement - Campbell Ave at DuPont St. & Islington Ave at Bloor St.
April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Campbell Ave at DuPont St. & Islington Ave at Bloor St.
April 30 - Trespass Enforcement - Yonge St. to Mount Pleasant Blvd at Shaftesbury & Islington Ave at Bloor St.
May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Rear of 1290, Central Parkway
April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station
May 1 - Trespass Enforcement - Go Transit Station
April 29 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Whitby
April 28 - Trespass Enforcement - Railway Property in Oshawa