Saturday, January 17, 2009

Operation LifeSaver

Operation LifeSaver

Rail Safety is important to all of us. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 2,728* collisions at rail crossings in 2007. This resulted in 339* fatalities and 986* injuries. This is an improvement over previous years.
(*Most Current Information as provided on the Operation LifeSaver web site.)

Sorry the table is so small. You can find it here.

IMHO, almost all Highway-Rail incidents can be avoided. As co-occupants of the road, it is all of our duty to be observant, to follow the laws and share the roads. Sharing the road also includes sharing that space where the rail crosses the road.


What is Operation Lifesaver?

From their web site

Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education
program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at places where roadways cross train tracks, and on railroad rights-of-way. Operation Lifesaver programs are sponsored cooperatively by federal, state, and local government agencies; highway safety organizations, and the nation’s railroads.
  1. Nearly half of all highway-rail crashes occur when the train is traveling under 30 mph.
  2. 64% of all collisions occur in daylight hours.
  3. Three of four collisions occur within 25 miles of the driver's home.
  4. In the USA, approximately every 2 hours a collision occurs between a train and vehicle or A train and a pedestrian.
  5. At 55 mph, the average freight train may take mile or more to stop.
  6. Nearly 50% of all collisions occur at crossings equipped with automatic warning devices.
  7. You are 20 times more likely to die in a collision with a train than in a collision involving another motor vehicle.

Please visit their web site and encourage others to do the same. Highway-Rail incidents and be eliminated. about some PSA videos and posters:

YouTube: TrainManTy

YouTube: kevin2472

YouTube: rl1401

You can find more vintage posters from Operation LifeSaver on their web site.
If you would like to see a bigger version of these vintage posters, click on them for a PDF version.
(Adobe Acrobat Reader required. You can get it here.)


  1. Good info. It always amazes me how many people will stop on tracks while sitting at red lights esp. in high rail traffic areas--big trucks and 4-wheelers alike. Also can't tell you the number of times I've seen big trucks get hit with rail arms at Laredo while trying to get into the truck stops.


  2. Gabrielle...thanks for checking out my blog.

    I know what you mean. I see it all of the time here in town where people stop on the tracks. If they do stop before the tracks, they stop where the arms will come down on top of their car.