State officials are urging Hoosiers to help “#STOPTrackTragedies” during U.S. and Indiana Rail Safety Week.
Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. This Rail Safety Week, Indiana Operation Lifesaver is joining forces with Operation Lifesaver Inc., Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads from Sept. 18-24 to observe the safety week and urge he public to help #STOPTrackTragedies, according to an Indiana Operation Lifesaver news release.
Indiana Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.
Statewide, Indiana average approximately 120 railroad crossing collisions with multiple injuries and deaths each year. Rail-related trespasser injuries and fatalities are also on the rise throughout the state, according to the news release.
As part of Rail Safety week, new video and audio public service announcements as well as social media campaigns are being released. An ongoing campaign called #STOPTrackTragedies features videos with the personal stories of people directly affected by rail crossing or trespassing incidents — including victims, friends and family members, locomotive engineers and first responders, the news release says.
The full campaign can be viewed at oli.org/stop-track-tragedies.