In partnership with Indiana Operation Lifesaver, the South Shore Line will once again participate in National Rail Safety Week, taking place September 19-23, during which their crews will continue to educate the surrounding communities in which they operate about the railway safety.
During Rail Safety Week, SSL representatives will be on hand at Millennium Station and September 21 in East Chicago throughout the morning with train and crossing safety educational materials, answering any questions. and distributing listening to commuters’ safety concerns. The lightning bolts are part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of safe behavior around trains and tracks.
The South Shore Line reports that “Trespassing on railroad property is the leading cause of all railroad-related deaths in the United States. It is essential that we continue to educate the public about the risks associated with trespassing near train tracks or disregarding the laws that have been put in place for the safety of those on board the train as well as those of our community,” said commented Kristen Costlet, director. from security and rules to SSL. “Passenger rail service is a positive and safe form of transportation in our communities and for our riders. We will continue to do whatever it takes to better educate and enforce rail safety measures to prevent and hopefully eliminate accidents along the railroad.
Rail Safety programs include free presentations by licensed volunteers at schools, civic and community organizations, as well as specialized training for law enforcement, professional drivers and emergency first responders.
The South Shore Line went on to say, “In our increasingly distracted society, people are often wearing headphones and drivers are talking or texting while driving, making South Shore Line’s mission paramount in raising awareness. to safety. We provide the information they need to stay safe around property and railway rights-of-way through our programs and by participating in National Rail Safety Week by hosting blitzes at passenger stations. Our programs and contact with our passengers provide valuable train information, illustrate how drivers can safely navigate crossings, and reinforce that it is illegal and dangerous to walk or use train tracks at recreational purposes. Our successful partnerships with rail safety advocates in the rail industry and at the state, federal and local levels help reduce collisions through education, enforcement and advances in engineering.
The SSL says these safety flashes allow them to contact passengers directly to ensure they understand the need to remain vigilant about safety around the railway.