Railroad Safety Week, September 22 - 28

Railroad Safety Week, September 22 - 28
Posted on 09/19/2019
Police car at railroad crossing

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 during Rail Safety Week (RSW), September 22-28, the Arlington Heights Police Department, Amtrak Police Department and Operation Lifesaver, the nonprofit rail safety education organization, will participate in “Operation Clear Track,” along with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide. The goal is to raise awareness and enforce state railroad grade crossing and trespassing laws. The 3rd annual rail safety detail, carried out in 48 states, is the single largest rail safety law enforcement initiative in the U.S. 

During “Operation Clear Track,” Arlington Heights Police Department personnel will be stationed at targeted railroad grade crossing locations to issue citations or warnings to violators. Officials will also disseminate railroad safety information to motorists and pedestrians. Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train. The goal of Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness and enforcement. 

“With eight railroad grade crossings and two commuter train depots, motorist and pedestrian safety has always been a priority in Arlington Heights”, said Commander Greg Czernecki of the Traffic Bureau. “Drivers and pedestrians often times become complacent around the tracks. Our goal is to raise awareness about the dangers near train crossings and keep everyone safe.”