California Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak Police Department and Federal Railroad Administration Recognize Lodi Police Officer

Officer Erika Urrea and CAOL
Board Member Steve Walker

Lodi, California; Today, California Operation Lifesaver hosted a special event with Amtrak Police Department (APD) and were joined by the Federal Railroad Administration to recognize Lodi Police Officer, Erika Urrea.

The recognition of Officer Urrea was for her commitment to community safety and her heroic actions that saved a man’s life from being hit by an oncoming train.

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California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) Board Member, Steve Walker recognized Officer Urrea with a CAOL plaque in honor of her commitment, dedication, and heroism.  Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch, Executive Director with California Operation Lifesaver, expressed her gratitude, “Officer Urrea, California Operation Lifesaver values all the work you and your fellow officers do to keep our communities safe. We are grateful for the support you and your Department provides to help raise rail safety awareness.”

Amtrak Police Captain Douglas Calcagno presented Officer Urrea with the Amtrak PD “Life Saving Medal.” Recognizing that as the crossing gates were coming down, Officer Urrea, a 14-year veteran of the force, saw a man in a wheelchair stuck on railroad tracks. Urrea exited her patrol car and ran to assist, only seconds before the train arrived. She pulled the man out of the chair falling backwards and away from the oncoming train.

“This incident had the makings of a double tragedy had it not been for the extraordinary courage and quick actions of Officer Urrea,” said Amtrak Police Chief Sam Dotson. “The citizens of Lodi are very fortunate to have a public servant like this on duty in their community.” The ‘Life Saving’ medal recognizes her bravery in saving a life without hesitation for her own safety.”

Safety Specialist Joe Petito, Grade Crossing Inspector Eric Walker, and Signal Inspector Jason Evans with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) were there to honor Officer Urrea and Mr. Petito presented her with a plaque recognizing her heroism and bravery. “Officer Urrea’s actions reflected well on the Lodi Police Officers Training and her preparedness to jump into action instinctively” acknowledged Safety Specialist Joe Petito.

Lodi Police Chief Sierra Brucia called his officer a true hero. “Officer Erika Urrea displayed courageous and selfless behavior by rescuing a citizen from the path of a train at great risk to herself,” said Brucia. “This act was not done out of duty as an officer; she was compelled to respond because bravery and compassion are a part of her character. The Lodi Police Department is extremely proud of Erika and her heroic actions that day.”

Recognition of Officer Erika Urrea by California Operation Lifesaver, Amtrak Police Department,
Federal Railroad Administration and Lodi Police Chief Brucia

Rail Safety Week 2020, observed in U.S., Canada, and Mexico, was Monday, September 21 – Sunday, September 27.

The 11th annual September Rail Safety Month 2020 in California closes out on Wednesday, September 30th. This recognition epitomizes our critical efforts to raise rail safety awareness and Save Lives.

About California Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

California Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California. We are committed to raising rail safety awareness to change dangerous behaviors to help save lives. Follow CAOL on: Facebook InstagramTwitter Blog

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterPinterest and YouTube

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Rail Safety Week Observance Going Virtual in 2020 – California Rail Safety Month Continues September 1 – 30

Public urged to help #STOPTrackTragedies – Help Raise Awareness #SaveLivesTell5

Sacramento, CA, September 21, 2020 – Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) observes Rail Safety Month during the month of September, as proclaimed by the California State Legislature in 2009. 

During the week of September 21 -27, CAOL joins Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) to observe Rail Safety Week in North America.

“Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year Rail Safety Week will emphasize virtual activities and social media to share our lifesaving messages,” said California Operation Lifesaver Executive Director, Nancy Sheehan.

We are kicking off the week today with a Rail Safety Week Blog and recognizing the cities and counties in California who have supported Rail Safety Month and/or Rail Safety Week with proclamations since 2009. We also will connect with our California communities virtually by sharing rail safety messages about making safe choices around trains and tracks.”

In 2019, in California, 408 people were killed or injured in grade crossing and trespassing incidents. California Operation Lifesaver works with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI) and all our Rail Safety Partners to prevent these needless incidents from happening.

As part of Rail Safety week, OLI is releasing new video and audio public service announcements (PSAs) in their ongoing public awareness campaign aimed at saving lives near railroad tracks. The campaign, called #STOPTrackTragedies, features videos with personal stories of people directly affected by rail crossing or trespassing incidents including victims, friends and family members, locomotive engineers, and first responders. The full campaign can be viewed at oli.org/stop-track-tragedies.

In California, and across the U.S., along with the PSAs and a social media campaign, the following themes will be emphasized throughout September Rail Safety Month and during Rail Safety Week

CAOL is running Digital Rail Safety Ad Campaigns in 13 high incident counties to raise Rail Safety Awareness about the dangers of Trespassing and dangerous behaviors around highway rail grade crossings.

Partners across the State joined together during Rail Safety Month and Week to promote: #RailSafetyPartners #RaisingAwarness to #SaveLives”

On Tuesday, September 22 CAOL will join in the focus of Law Enforcement and First Responder Partnerships through virtual and social media messaging as part of the fourth annual observance of Operation Clear Track, emphasizing the importance of obeying crossing safety and anti-trespass laws.

– We emphasize Crossing Safety with outreach to professional drivers on safe crossing techniques and by highlighting the blue and white emergency notification system (ENS) signs at crossings. Including virtual outreach and presentations

CAOL will join with our partners across the state to promote rail safety via their campaigns as well as our own efforts to enhance our mutual commitment to change dangerous behaviors along railroad rights of way

– On Friday’s in September, culminating on September 25, we invite partners, organizations, communities, and individuals to join in by Wearing Red for “Red Out” for Rail Safety to show support for safety near tracks and trains.

We are committed to highlighting Trespass Prevention to educate pedestrians about the dangers posed by being on or near the tracks. Including an outreach and distribution of safety supplies and messages for the homeless.

We will emphasize No Photos on Tracks messaging underscoring the risks of illegally taking photos, videos, or filming on train tracks for professional and amateur photographers alike.

CAOL will join Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Administration to honor a Lodi Police Officer

During the month of September, Rail Safety Partners, Organizations, Communities, and our Social Media Followers will be asked to take our California Operation Lifesaver “Social Media Pledge” to share our #RailSafety messages to help us raise awareness and #STOPTrackTragedies to #SaveLivesTell5

Visitors to oli.org will be asked to join the virtual Rail Safety Week effort by sharing the Stop Track Tragedies videos and social media messaging using the hashtags #STOPTrackTragedies and #railsafetyweek.

About California Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

California Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California. We are committed to raising rail safety awareness to change dangerous behaviors to help save lives. Follow CAOL on: Facebook Instagram, Twitter Blog

About Operation Lifesaver, Inc.

Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks. A national network of trained volunteers gives free presentations on rail safety and a public awareness campaign, “See Tracks? Think Train!” provides tips and statistics to encourage safe behavior near the tracks. Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. [add any state website and social media links as needed]. 

About Operation Lifesaver Canada

Operation Lifesaver Canada is a national public rail-safety program sponsored by Transport Canada, the Railway Association of Canada, and its members, including CN, CP, VIA Rail, Metrolinx, exo, West Coast Express and Genesee & Wyoming, among others. Through its national network of Rail Safety Ambassadors, partnerships with safety councils, police, the trucking industry and community groups, and innovative tools such as its virtual-reality Look. Listen. Live. campaign, Operation Lifesaver Canada works to save lives by educating Canadians about the hazards of rail crossings and trespassing on railway property. Canadians can follow OL Canada on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and keep up-to-date on the latest rail safety news by visiting operationlifesaver.ca.

About the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF)

The Asociación Mexicana de Ferrocarriles, AC (AMF) was established in 2004 to represent the country’s private railway companies and promote their activity. In 2008 passenger rail companies joined the AMF. Learn more at https://amf.org.mx/ and follow AMF on Twitter.

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California September Rail Safety Month – Rail Safety Partners – Raising Awareness to Save Lives

Eleven years ago, in August 2009, the California State Legislature proclaimed September as Rail Safety Month. The legislature presented California Operation Lifesaver and their Rail Partners with this proclamation that recognized the need for rail safety education across the state.

Prior to that time, and since that proclamation, California Operation Lifesaver and Rail Safety Partners worked, and continue to work tirelessly growing rail safety awareness statewide.

“California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) is committed to providing Rail Safety Education across California to change dangerous behaviors near railroad tracks. Ranking number 1 in fatalities in both trespass and grade crossing, this statistic emphasizes the critical need to educate the public about rail safety,” stated Nancy Sheehan the CAOL Executive Director.

CAOL partners with railroads and government agencies across the state. Together we observe September Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week (9/21 – 9/27)) to enhance our mutual rail safety efforts.  CAOL recognizes our partners and values their partnerships in rail safety.

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We appreciate our partners efforts to support our rail safety message, promote rail safety awareness, as well as implement their own programs that address our mutual commitment to save lives.

CAOL also works with law enforcement agencies, schools, community groups, city, and county leaders to develop and deliver rail safety education in communities with busy rail traffic and service.

Not only will we actively promote rail safety awareness in California, we will also participate in Rail Safety Week, supporting activities and the Stop Track Tragedies campaign with Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada.                               Rail Safety Week runs September 21st – September 27th in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

During Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week, CAOL will utilize two grants to run a digital trespass ad campaign and a digital grade crossing ad campaign. These campaigns will provide a focused reach in high incident near miss counties across the state. We appreciate the support of OLI/Federal Railroad Administration and OLI/Federal Highway Administration for these important grant opportunities.

California Operation Lifesaver’s team of Authorized Volunteers work to raise rail safety awareness all year long. During this time of social distancing, in-person presentations and event participation is limited. We are working to provide virtual and distance rail safety education opportunities. We appreciate our team’s commitment to providing rail safety education in a variety of formats.

“California Operation Lifesaver greatly appreciates and recognizes our rail safety partners across the state for their commitment and support of our continued efforts. Their partnerships are essential to our ongoing mission to educate the public,” Sheehan emphasized.

We all need to work together. We urge the public to share rail safety messages with 5 of your family and friends; ask those 5 to tell 5 to keep the message growing. Join the campaign to raise awareness; #SaveLivesTell5!

More information or to request a free safety presentation: http://www.caol.us or http://www.oli.org

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Support CAOL to Help Save Lives! Giving Tuesday 2020

California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) Responds to Urgent COVID19 Need with a CAOL Rail Safety Education to Help Save Lives Campaign by Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

Sacramento, CA –   California Operation Lifesaver is responding to meet the needs of Californian’s by raising rail safety awareness to #SAVELIVES

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It is a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

California Operation Lifesaver is an independent non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California. 

Our efforts to raise awareness across California, where we have the highest number of rail trespassing and highway rail grade crossing fatalities in the United States, has been impacted by the Covid 19 “Shelter in Place” mandates. This hinders our trained volunteer presenters from working directly with the public to provide rail safety education.  Our goal remains constant as we work to provide education to change dangerous behaviors along railroad rights of way. In addition to our Rail Safety Presentations working with the public, we use a variety of formats, including Public Service Announcements, Social Media, and Digital advertising.

 California Operation Lifesaver’s Executive Director, Nancy Sheehan emphasized; “It is through community commitment and sponsor support of our rail safety mission, that we can change dangerous behaviors along railroad rights of way and save lives.”  

Those interested in joining California Operation Lifesaver’s #GivingTuesdayNow efforts can visit https://donorbox.org/you-can-make-a-difference-help-save-lives-2 

More info: www.caol.us 

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About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.

 

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CAOL Enters a New Decade of Commitment to Rail Safety Education- Happy New Year 2020!

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California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) closed out 2019, a year and a decade of commitment to raising rail safety awareness across California.

Throughout this 10 -year period, our amazing team of authorized volunteer presenters dedicated their time and passion sharing our rail safety message statewide reaching nearly 1,235,000 through their presentations and events.

Each year CAOL added to our team’s efforts with a variety of educational and advertising methods to reach our California communities to increase rail safety awareness. Over just the last 3 years, our digital and TV ads alone reached over 34 million Californians and 9 million watched our rail safety PSA messages in their entirety.

Over the decade, our partnerships and community involvement have grown creating a collaboration of support and commitment to rail safety education.

Each year in this recent decade, we faced the challenges of a multitude of dangerous behaviors around railroad tracks that involved both trespass and grade crossing activities. In this 10-year span California ranked number 1 in Trespass Casualties (both injuries and fatalities) and number 2 in Grade Crossing incidents. As California’s fatalities in both Trespass and Grade Cross were higher than any other state, CAOL joined with our rail safety partners and community leaders to grow our mutual efforts to do all we can to enhance our outreach statewide.

As we enter a New Year and a new decade, we remain focused on our commitment to change dangerous behaviors near railroad tracks and along railroad rights of way. We remain dedicated to enhancing our rail safety education and messages, working with our rail safety partners and communities to change the numbers and save lives.

California Operation Lifesaver begins this New Year with a plan to optimize our efforts through strong rail safety partnerships and proactive community involvement while continuing to provide our grass roots education through our outstanding volunteer presenters.

We ask Californians to pledge their support and make the choice to practice rail safety and lead others by their example to avoid distractions, obey the laws, signs and signals near railroad tracks.

We ask that you join us in saving lives by sharing our rail safety message and demonstrate your commitment in actions and words. Please ask your family and friends to join us and always practice Rail Safety!

Together we can make 2020 our safest. Help Save Lives! Save Lives Tell 5! 

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Giving Tuesday: Support California Operation Lifesaver to Save Lives

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California Operation Lifesaver Celebrates Giving Tuesday with a “You Can Make A Difference to Save Lives campaign,” joining millions around the world participating in the global generosity movement

Across the state of California – Tuesday, December 3, 2019 –
This Giving Tuesday, California Operation Lifesaver is working to inspire generosity by raising awareness to change the dangerous behaviors near railroad tracks.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. Giving Tuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 3rd, and throughout the year.

Since California has the highest number of trespassing and grade crossing fatalities in the United States, California Operation Lifesaver is joining Giving Tuesday to promote and seek support that will help us continue our efforts to provide rail safety education that plays such an important role in the safety and well-being of Californians near railroad tracks. We are dedicated to educating the public about rail safety to help save lives.

“Your support will help impact change and Save Lives. I hope you will make a commitment to support rail safety education in our communities across California. Every contribution helps and your gift will be put to work immediately. Your gift today makes a big difference tomorrow and every day” Stated Nancy Sheehan – California Operation Lifesaver Executive Director.

Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on Giving Tuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about; every act of generosity counts. Giving Tuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets 14.2 billion impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved.

“Giving Tuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.” said Asha Curran, Giving Tuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. “With country and community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, Giving Tuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.”

Those who are interested in joining California Operation Lifesaver’s Giving Tuesday initiative can visit: https://donorbox.org/you-can-make-a-difference-help-save-lives

About California Operation Lifesaver
California Operation Lifesaver is an independent non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California

To Follow Us and Learn More about California Operation Lifesaver:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAOperationLifesaver/   
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CAOpLifeSaver
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/california_operation_lifesaver/ 
Website: www.caol.us 

About Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday was created as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. Giving Tuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.

To learn more about Giving Tuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
Website: http://www.givingtuesday.org
GivingTuesday Kids Website: http://www.givingtuesdaykids.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTuesday
Instagram: instagram.com/GivingTuesday

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You Can Make a Difference- Support CAOL – Help Save Lives!

A letter from California Operation Lifesaver Executive Director:

Greetings From California Operation Lifesaver,

California has the highest number of Railroad Trespassing and Highway Rail Grade Crossing Fatalities in the United States.

The number of injuries and fatalities have been on the increase across our state. It remains critical for California Operation Lifesaver to continue to raise awareness. In order to bring our rail safety mission to the public, we need your support.

California Tragic Statistics 2015-2018
• 724 Trespass Casualties (including injuries and fatalities)
• 410 Trespass Fatalities
• 674 Highway Grade Crossing Incidents with 149 fatalities
• A total of 559 Trespass and Grade Crossing fatalities

You can help us continue our efforts and grow our outreach to create and provide rail safety messaging by contributing to CAOL using the link below.

Support California Operation Lifesaver click the link below:    

https://donorbox.org/you-can-make-a-difference-help-save-lives    

2018 Contributions helped CAOL with Education and Rail Safety Awareness
(Samples of how your tax-deductible contributions can help)
•  2141 Rail Safety Presentations were provided to a variety of audiences
•  103,522 Californians were reached with our presentations by our dedicated                               CAOL Team
•  37,000 plus were reached with our team outreach at city, county, state and                            community events
•  14 million+ were reached with CAOL’s digital ad campaigns in 2018
•  25,000+ Rail Safety Education Outreach Materials

Everyday California Operation Lifesaver works to change dangerous behaviors along railroad rights of way to change the numbers and save lives. Raising Rail Safety Awareness and Providing Rail Safety Education and raising rail safety awareness is fundamental to everything we do.

It always brings me a sense of pride to watch our California Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer Presenters provide rail safety education for students, first responders, school bus drivers, and audiences across California.                                               Our team’s dedication to grow rail safety awareness to save lives is inspiring!       Wordpress 2 Wordpress 3 CAOL Outreach

You can help save lives and enhance our outreach with all audiences across California: students, school bus drivers, homeless community, law enforcement, first responders, city and county officials, and communities.

I hope you will make a commitment to support rail safety education in our communities across California by making a gift to CAOL. Your support will help impact change and Save Lives.  Every contribution helps and your gift will be put to work immediately.

Your support will help provide the education that plays such an important role in the safety and well-being of Californians. We are dedicated to educating the public to help save lives. We are deeply grateful for any financial support of CAOL’s rail safety mission.

Your gift today makes a big difference tomorrow and every day!

With Gratitude,

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Executive Director
California Operation Lifesaver

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California September Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week 2019

Thank You and Rail Safety Commitment

Each year since the California Legislature proclaimed September as Rail Safety Month and presented the proclamation to California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) and Union Pacific Railroad, CAOL and our Rail Safety Partners across the State collaborate each September to intensify our rail safety campaigns. The goal is to draw attention to and change the dangerous behaviors along railroad rights of way.

Rail Safety is a year-round commitment. CAOL, along with our partners, address rail safety issues and work on raising awareness daily throughout the year with a variety of methods and outreach to all audiences. In September, we emphasize rail safety campaigns and messages to enhance that awareness and cultivate community involvement. Enter, Rail Safety Week in 2017, when the U.S. and Canada began a yearly effort in the last week of September to bring rail safety best practices to the forefront nationwide.

Rail Safety Week continues each year in the last week of September.
In September 2019, California Operation Lifesaver had one of its busiest and most successful Rail Safety Months and Rail Safety Weeks. California September Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week (in US and Canada) sped by in a whirlwind of our CAOL Presenter Team endeavors, rail safety campaigns, presentations, events, community involvement, Law Enforcement and First Responder participation and Rail Safety Partner lead events and support.

The incredible work of everyone involved; our CAOL Team, our Rail Safety Partners, our Law Enforcement, and our Communities, highlighted our mutual dedication to changing grade crossing incidents and trespass casualty statistics.

California Operation Lifesaver is grateful to our amazing team of Presenters who tirelessly provide education and outreach in California communities. We appreciate and value our Rail Safety Partners, without whose support we could not accomplish our rail safety outreach mission. Thank you to our Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Communities for your commitment to our message and helping us share our message.

As we enter the last quarter of the year, we know that we must continue to work together with the commitment to do all we can to become a rail safety aware and rail safe society. We know that raising awareness does not end here. Once the commitment is made, the message needs to be ongoing even as the numbers decline. We must maintain education, rail safety messaging, and rail safety partnerships so that we can ensure safe behavior along railroad rights of way. Together we can save lives.

We ask that you tell five of your family and friends to always practice rail safety and ask those 5 to tell 5 and those 5 to tell 5… together we can change the numbers and grow the message. #SaveLivesTell5
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About California Operation Lifesaver
California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL, www.caol.us) is an independent non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California.  CAOL leads a statewide observance of September Rail Safety Month as proclaimed by the California Legislature in 2008. We celebrate Rail Safety Week (9/22-9/28) across the nation with Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org). Follow CAOL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter  Blog . Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

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California Operation Lifesaver notes increase in 2018 crossing collisions; pedestrian-train casualties rose from 2017 levels

Preliminary Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics, 2017 vs. 2018 –                              Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis

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Sacramento, CA April 11, 2019 – Collisions at highway-rail grade crossings in California rose by 14.5 percent in 2018 and rail trespass casualties (deaths plus injuries) rose 3 percent according to the nonprofit rail safety education organization California Operation Lifesaver, http://www.caol.us. The group cited preliminary 2018 Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) statistics.

“We are concerned with this increase in highway-rail grade crossing collisions,” said California Operation Lifesaver Executive Director Nancy Sheehan. “We will continue our work educating people across California about how to keep themselves, their friends and their families safe near tracks and trains to avoid these preventable tragedies,” said Sheehan.

Nationally, vehicle-train collisions at highway-rail grade crossings rose 4.3 percent in 2018, while the number of people killed in crossing incidents stayed constant; however, the number of people injured in crossing incidents declined 2.9 percent last year. Deaths in 2018 from train track trespassing climbed 12 percent, and trespass injuries declined 6.3 percent; total trespass-related casualties (deaths plus injuries) increased 2.8 percent from 2017 levels, Sheehan said.

Overall, California crossing collisions were up 14.5 percent in 2018 from 2017, to 190; crossing fatalities rose 2.6 percent to 39; and crossing injuries rose 6.8 percent to 63, FRA statistics reveal. Trespass fatalities increased 7.9 percent in 2018 to 123, and trespass injuries fell 3.4 percent in 2018 to 86.

“This year, California will participate in September Rail Safety Month and Rail Safety Week, September 22-28,” Sheehan continued. “We look forward to working with our safety partners to raise awareness among California residents of the need to always use caution near crossings and refrain from trespassing on the tracks.” she concluded.

About California Operation Lifesaver
California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL, http://www.caol.us) is a non-profit safety education and awareness program dedicated to ending collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way in the State of California. Our trained volunteers provide free presentations on rail safety, providing rail safety education to raise awareness to save lives. CAOL leads a statewide observance of September Rail Safety Month as proclaimed by the California Legislature in 2008. We celebrate Rail Safety Week (9/22-9/28) across the nation with Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org). Follow CAOL on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Blog . Learn more about Rail Safety Week; follow OLI on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Practice Rail Safety! It’s about Saving Lives 2018… 2019!

2019 –  California Operation Lifesaver 25th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that 2018 has come to an end and we are embarking into 2019.

California Operation Lifesaver (CAOL) filled 2018 with outreach efforts and a year dedicated to doing all we can to raise rail safety awareness.

Our amazing team of authorized volunteer presenters dedicated their time and passion sharing our rail safety message statewide with nearly 110,000 people through their presentations and events.
Utilizing digital advertising, social media blitzes, partner and community safety outreach events, and much more, CAOL educated and urged the public to practice rail safety and avoid using dangerous behaviors near railroad tracks. Reaching over 15 million Californians with our campaign and outreach efforts, we asked the public to help us change injury and fatality statistics and share our rail safety message with their family and friends to save lives.

California ranks No 1 in Trespass Casualties (includes injuries and fatalities) and we rank No 2 in Grade Crossing Incidents. These statistics continue to demonstrate the continued need for us to do all we can to promote rail safety awareness.

Through our Rail Safety partnerships, we optimized important and essential ways to identify and increase outreach to high incident areas in need of our message. It is through these partnerships and proactive involvement of our partners and our communities that we can create additional ways to educate the public about making good decisions near railroad tracks. Enlisting community participation is a key component in changing the numbers.

2019 is the 25th Anniversary for California Operation Lifesaver. As we start the year, we carry forward our important rail safety messaging created and shared in 2018. The New Year brings new opportunities to enhance our message and work with our partners and California communities to save more lives by raising rail safety awareness.

We ask all Californians to commit to practicing rail safety all year long. We ask you to make important changes in your behavior and lead by example to avoid distractions and obey the laws and signs and signals near railroad tracks.                                   #StopTrackTragediesPractice #RailSafety 

Here are rail safety tips to help you stay safe and start of your New Year:

Freight trains don’t travel at fixed times, and schedules for passenger trains change. Always Expect a Train at each highway-rail intersection.

All train tracks are private property. Never walk on tracks; it’s illegal to trespass and is highly dangerous.

By the time a locomotive engineer sees a trespasser or vehicle on the tracks it’s too late. It takes the average freight train traveling at 55 mph more than a mile, the length of 18 football fields, to stop. Trains cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.

The average locomotive weights about 400,000 pounds or 200 tons; it can weigh up to 6,000 tons. This makes the weight ratio of a car to a train proportional to that of a soda can to a car.

Trains have the right of way 100% of the time over emergency vehicles, cars, the police, and pedestrians.

A train can extend three feet or more beyond the steel rail putting the safety zone for pedestrians well beyond the three-foot mark. If there are rails on the railroad ties, always assume the track is in use, even if there are weeds or the tracks look unused.

Trains can move in either direction at any time. Sometimes their cars are              pushed by locomotives instead of being pulled, which is especially true in                    commuter and light rail passenger services.

Today’s trains are quieter than ever, producing no telltale “clickety-clack.” Any        approaching train is always closer, moving faster than you think.

Remember to cross train tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway          crossings and obey all warning signs and signals posted there.

Stay alert around railroad tracks. No texting, headphones or other distractions that would prevent you from hearing an approaching train; never mix rails and recreation.

Please share rail safety messages with your family and friends.  #SaveLivesTell5!

California Operation Lifesaver is grateful to our team of volunteers for all they do to share rail safety education. We are thankful to our Rail Safety Partners for their support and dedication that helped us grow our message in 2018.

As we look forward to our CAOL 25th Anniversary Year, we will continue our goals to work together to change the numbers to make rail safety awareness a priority across California in 2019.

Together we can seize the opportunities the New Year brings to ALWAYS practice rail safety and save lives!

Happy New Year!
Nancy Sheehan-McCulloch – California Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator

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