(WALHALLA, SC)-- (SEPTEMBER 22, 2020) – The Oconee County Sheriff's Office is proud to be joining forces with first responder agencies in the U.S. and Canada today for “Operation Clear Track” — the single largest rail-safety initiative in North America.
Coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada, Operation Clear Track aims to reduce the number of railway crossing and trespassing incidents in the U.S. and Canada — incidents which seriously injure or kill more than 2,100 people each year. The event is held during the annual observance of Rail Safety Week, September 21-27.
“The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office considers railroad crossings a priority in Oconee County when it comes to the safety of our citizens and motorists,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “Regardless of the time of the year, we want our citizens to be aware of the risks when crossing a railway or walking along a rail line. Motorists should always check for trains before crossing and never stop on the track. Also this week, the Sheriff’s Office will be uploading public service announcement videos on our You Tube and Twitter accounts in relation to Rail Safety Week.”
“The goal of Operation Clear Track and Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior near tracks and trains, in support of OLI’s mission to save lives,” said Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Executive Director Rachel Maleh.
Because of the ongoing pandemic, first responder agencies will be participating in a virtual Operation Clear Track event this year.
These agencies across North America will be promoting rail safety through social media messages, by sharing Operation Lifesaver’s #STOPTrackTragedies public service announcements and other videos, and by posting other rail safety information to their department websites.
Participants will also be emphasizing the importance of obeying rail crossing and trespassing laws throughout Rail Safety Week.
For more information about Rail Safety Week, Operation Clear Track, and other rail-safety initiatives and tips, please visit www.oli.org.
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