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