Source: CN Media Release, December 4, 2018
CN Police encouraging drivers to be vigilant around rails during winter
With rapidly changing road and weather conditions hitting the Kindersley area for the start of the winter season, motorists are reminded to drive according to the conditions. We are encouraging drivers to be prepared to stop when approaching railway crossings. In the event the railway crossing safety equipment becomes active as you approach, leave at minimum 5m from the crossing giving you and your vehicle ample space. Remove distractions such as cellular phones and remember to Look, Listen and Live. Those who enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling and cross country skiing must stick to
the trails and never the rails. Trains may take over 2km to come to a complete stop so it is important to never trespass on railway property. Stay off, stay away and stay alive.
In 2017, more than 222 accidents occurred in Canada, resulting in 72 fatalities and 44 serious injuries. Disregard for railway crossing signals and gates and distracted driving were the main causes of those accidents, along with trespassing. Under the Railway Safety Act, trespassing on tracks is illegal because of the significant risk of injury and death. Trespassers can be charged under the Rail Safety Act for up to $250.
For decades, the men and women of the CN Police Service have played an integral role in community safety. Our police officers are dedicated to sharing best practices when it come to railway safety, focusing education and awareness.
Members of the CN Police Service are federally appointed police constables who attend and complete the same training at the Ontario Police College as any regional or provincial police officer. The CN Police is a police service created in 1923. It serves 8 Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states, and its main mission is to save lives by changing behaviours around railway property. CN Police officers work in constant partnership with local communities and other law enforcement agencies. Their main duties include enforcing road and rail safety legislation under the Highway Traffic Act, educating the public, conducting criminal investigations and implementing safety solutions.
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