Rail Safety Week 2021

Rail Safety Week: Sept. 20 - 26
Posted on 09/20/2021

Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. In the US alone, a person or vehicle is hit by a train every 3 hours.

The Arlington Heights Police Department is partnering with Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) to help prevent tragedies around railroad tracks and trains by observing Rail Safety Week across North America, September 20-26. This annual week-long event concentrates public attention on the need for rail safety education and saves lives by educating and empowering the public to make safe decisions around tracks and trains.

As part of Rail Safety week, new video and audio public service announcements (PSAs) 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 full campaign can be viewed at oli.org/stop-track-tragedies