Illinois Rail Safety Week

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Springfield, IL – The State of Illinois, with support from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Commerce Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Operation Lifesaver, Illinois Sheriff's Association, and the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association, has declared September 14th to September 20th as Illinois Rail Safety Week. The week is designed to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.   In Illinois during 2013, there were 126 crossing crashes involving motor vehicles, resulting in 40 injuries and 21 fatalities.  In addition, there were 52 trespasser incidents that resulted in 27 injuries and 25 fatalities when people trespassed on to railroad property.  During 2013, Illinois ranked 3rd in the nation in both vehicle collision fatalities and trespasser fatalities.

To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Springfield Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week.  Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and the AMTRAK station within the City of Springfield to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property.  In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.

 For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.


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