Waterloo Regional Police Service Supports Operation Clear Track During Rail Safety Week

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 10/05/2019

Clear Track Has Clear Messages About Rail Safety
Clear Track Has Clear Messages About Rail Safety

2,100 People Killed Or Injured Annually

Operation Clear Track Hopes To Reduce Tragedy Of Rail Deaths And Injuries

Waterloo Region, Ontario- The Waterloo Regional Police Service is proud to be joining law enforcement agencies across North America for Operation Clear Track, the single largest rail-safety law-enforcement initiative in North America.

The week long event was coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada. This is the first year that Canadian law enforcement agencies participated in Operation Clear Track, which aims to reduce preventable deaths and injuries on rail lines.

Over the course of the week, the Waterloo Regional Police Service’s Traffic Unit, along with other members of the Service conducted enforcement at train and LRT crossings throughout the Region. While conducting enforcement, their goal was to educate the public and distribute a ‘Clear Track Flyer’ to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians that reminds the public to:

  • Never race a train
  • Be prepared to stop
  • Stay alert at rail crossings
  • Leave your vehicle if it stalls or gets stuck
  • Stay off the tracks
  • Use designated rail crossings

More than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured each year as a result of collisions at rail crossings and trespassing on railway property.

“Reducing serious injury and fatalities on our roadways throughout Waterloo Region is a key priority for us,” says Staff Sergeant Mike Hinsperger, Traffic Service’s Unit Supervisor. “We hope that through increased visibility and enforcement around train and LRT crossings, we can help shape people’s behaviour in a positive way and raise awareness.”

“Operation Clear Track’s goal is to educate the public about how they can keep themselves safe around tracks and trains,” said Sarah Mayes, National Director of Operation Lifesaver Canada. “A split-second decision to try to beat a train at a crossing, or to use tracks as a shortcut or a recreational path, can have tragic consequences. We want to encourage people to think twice before they engage in those unsafe behaviours.”

The Cambridge train bridge has long been a hard to resist crossover for students living on the west side of the Grand River. It remains a defiant dance with danger and a serious error in judgement.

For more information about Operation Clear Track, Rail Safety Week and other rail-safety initiatives and tips, please visit the web link below: