Winnipeg, Manitoba – Railway safety will take the spotlight this week in southern Manitoba, as the Canadian Pacific Police Service (CPPS) conducts safety and enforcement blitzes in communities during Rail Safety Week.

“Ignoring signage at railway crossings and trespassing on railway property creates significant unnecessary personal risks, often resulting in fatalities and personal injuries,” said CPPS Sergeant David Creasy. “Awareness helps prevent tragic consequences from occurring and creates a safer situation for us all.”

CPPS officers will conduct traffic enforcement blitzes at railway crossings and anti-trespassing patrols around rail operations in Portage La Prairie, Oakbank and Winnipeg.

In 2010, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada recorded 180 crossing crashes, resulting in 24 fatalities and 28 serious injuries, an increase of 26 per cent over the previous year. Failing to yield the right of way to an approaching train at a crossing, or trespassing on railway property, are offences under the federal Rail Safety Act or applicable provincial legislation. Offences occurring at crossings can be reported to the CPPS at 1-800-716-9132 or to local police.

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