South Simcoe Police Service To Join In National Rail Safety Week Campaign 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service together with Metrolinx and local public safety partners will be kicking off Operation Clear Track at the Bradford GO Station as part of National Rail Safety Week.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, between 6:00 a.m. and 8:17 a.m., Metrolinx Rail Safety Officers, South Simcoe Police Service, Bradford West Gwillimbury Fire & Emergency Services, Innisfil Fire and Rescue Service and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be at the Bradford GO station to promote safety around our railways.

Every three hours in North America either a vehicle or pedestrian is involved in a rail incident resulting in about 750 fatalities and 1500 serious injuries each year.

Operation Clear Track is a North America-wide initiative that takes place over two days during Rail Safety Week from September 23 – 29, 2019. Twenty-five police services across Canada will be participating with their U.S. counterparts to enforce rail crossing and trespassing laws, and distribute rail-safety tip sheets to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

A media availability will be held at the Bradford GO Station located at 300 Holland Street East at 8:00 a.m. prior to a train leaving the station at 8:17 a.m.  

Officials will ride the train to a GTA-wide media conference at 9:30 a.m. at the Rutherford GO station located at 699 Westburne Drive, in the City of Vaughan. 

The trip will give first responder representatives an opportunity to promote rail safety with passengers.

Rail safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s look out for each other. Track tragedies are preventable.

Stay at a safe distance from trains and off railway property and tracks. Don’t use train tracks as a shortcut and always obey railway signs and signals. Trains can’t stop quickly. It can take up to two kilometres or the equivalent length of 18 football fields for a train travelling up to 160 km/h to stop. Railway tracks, bridges, yards, tunnels and equipment are all private property. Trespassing on them is illegal and could lead to significant fines or worse — serious injuries or death.