Ottawa, Ontario – New and young drivers can learn how to safely approach railway crossings and avoid train collisions through “Train to Drive,” an online safety education site.

The site, which also includes information on trespassing on railway property, is particularly aimed at those 14 to 24 years of age, as well as inexperienced drivers.

The site, operated by Operation Lifesaver and found at Train To Drive, includes an interactive program that takes just minutes to complete.

“Canada has over 37,000 rail crossings and more than 1,100 active trains every day which transport over 70 million passengers and 75 per cent of all surface freight in the country annually,” said Dan Di Tota, national director of Operation Lifesaver in Canada. “Newly-licensed drivers are faced with many distractions and stresses as they build their experience at the wheel. Learning to heed warning signs at the approach of highway/railway crossings is crucial, and Operation Lifesaver makes it easy to learn how with Train to Drive.”

There were nearly 200 highway/railway crossing collisions in Canada in 2010, causing 24 fatalities and 28 serious injuries.

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