News Archives: 2012

Celebrate the season and test your rail safety knowledge with our holiday crossword!

Merry Christmas from all of us at Operation Lifesaver Canada! We hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. We believe that rail safety is an important topic all year long, so as you celebrate the season, here’s a fun train safety themed crossword puzzle that you can do one lazy winter afternoon.… Read More

Nick’s story: this will be our 9th Christmas without you

There’s something really special about the holiday season. It’s a time for family and friends, for laughter, good food and making memories. But it’s the nature of life that things can change forever in an instant. And for the Reed family the festive season was irrevocably altered on December 23, 2003 when their cherished son and brother, Nick, was killed by a train.… Read More

Don’t become a rail fatality statistic – drive safe at highway-railway crossings

Check out these alarming statistics from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada:

  • About every two weeks a passenger train collides with a vehicle at a public railway crossing.
  • 60% of the time, these incidents result in injury or fatality.

These numbers are unacceptable and have landed highway-railway crossings on the TSB’s 2012 Watchlist.… Read More

OL master presenter Mike Melanson awarded OL Long-Term Service Award

Mike Melanson, a CN police officer and Operation Lifesaver master presenter, has been awarded the OL Long-Term Service Award to mark his November 30th retirement. Mike started with the CN Police in 1982 and began volunteering with Operation Lifesaver in 1986.… Read More

Operation Lifesaver wins gold at the 2012 International Safety Media Awards

Here at Operation Lifesaver Canada we’re continuously adapting our lifesaving rail safety messages to make sure they stay relevant. In order to ensure that rail safety stays front-of-mind with Canadians of all ages, we’ve made it a priority to embrace new forms of media.… Read More

Being killed by a train is a dumb way to die

We came across this rail safety video produced by Melbourne Metro Trains in Australia last week and immediately shared it on our Facebook and Twitter pages. It has since gone on to become an Internet sensation. 

The video depicts cartoon characters dying in “dumb” ways.… Read More

Don’t let winter fun put you in a grave. Stay off the tracks!

In last week’s post we offered you some lifesaving rail-safe winter driving tips. This week: a visual reminder that no matter what you’re doing this winter, never go near the tracks. 

Railway tracks can seem like a great place to cross-country ski or snowmobile, but doing so would be a deadly, and illegal, mistake.… Read More

Don’t die this winter – drive safe at level crossings

Another Canadian winter is just around the corner. With freezing temperatures and snowy roads on the way, now’s a good time to prepare for winter driving. Highway-railway crossings are always dangerous for drivers, and even more so during the winter. So here’s a refresher of the steps to follow to stay alive at level crossings this winter:

Rail safe winter driving tips 

  • Always drive at a speed that allows you to stop within the distance of your headlights – so you have a clear view of the road ahead of you.
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