More and more collisions are occurring between trains and pedestrians in Ontario, according to the latest figures by the Transportation Safety Board. An awareness drive in the form of a safety blitz is set to go starting April 30th to May 5th, railway police will be stopping vehicles at select high-risk crossings handing out safety information. Additionally, any pedestrian caught doing anything illegal, either driving or walking, will be charged. The TSB says the number of pedestrians hit by trains has doubled from the same period last year and Ontario has the worst record for collisions and trespasser incidents.
Rail Safety Week is organized by the non-profit group Operation Lifesaver. For years, Operation Lifesaver has been sending volunteers into schools to talk about safety around train tracks, but it would also help a lot if parents and caregivers talked to children about the dangers of being around trains.