Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Pacific Police Service will be out this week in cities in Southern Ontario reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians about staying safe at railway crossings. The CP Police will be conducting safety awareness blitzes at a number of crossings as part of Railway Safety Week in Canada.
Traffic enforcement blitzes will be conducted at crossings and around rail operations in Toronto, Mississauga, Bowmanville, London, Whitby, Courtland, Hamilton and Windsor.
Transport Canada reported 209 crossing collisions in Canada in 2007, with 27 fatalities and 21 serious injuries.
“Canadian Pacific and its police service are dedicated to promoting rail safety awareness, preventing tragic consequences from happening and creating a safer situation for everybody,” said CP Police Constable Ron Morrison. “During Rail Safety Week in Canada, officers across our system have the opportunity to further educate the public. When you take into account the many near-collisions that take place each year at crossings or on rail tracks as well, we clearly must remain focused on building public awareness.”