MIL-OSI Canada: Government of Saskatchewan Proclaims Rail Safety Week

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Source: Government of Canada regional news

Released on September 20, 2021

The Government of Saskatchewan has officially proclaimed Rail Safety Week, which takes place from September 20 to 26, 2021. This year, the Ministry of Highways and the Canadian Safety Train Express are reminding everyone to stay safe around trains and ‘Stop Track Tragedies.’

“Our government recognizes how vital rail transportation is in Saskatchewan and how important it is to be safe when encountering both trains and crossings,” Highways Minister Fred Bradshaw said. “Railways make up a significant portion of our transportation network and are absolutely essential to the success of our economy, but if people aren’t aware of proper safety measures they can also present a potential danger.”

“Rail Safety Week highlights the importance of stop, look and listen,” Canadian Safety Train Express CEO Perry Pellin said. “During these difficult times, people’s attention is often elsewhere, and it is important to remember that trains can come at any time and in any direction. We need to work at preventing those incidents that are preventable with more care and attention at railway grade crossings. Rail Safety Week is a good place to start.”

Rail Safety Week is an annual initiative that aims to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and provides tools for Canadians to stay safe near railroad crossings and rights-of-way.  

In addition to the proclamation, the Canadian Safety Train Express will be holding a number of contests and prizes during the week. To learn more about the Canadian Safety Train Express’ events and activities, visit www.canadiansafetytrain.ca.

Saskatchewan has 13 operational, privately-owned shortline railways.  These operate on more than 2,000 kilometres of track and connect to more than 6,000 kilometres of federally-regulated track.

Motorists with any questions or concerns regarding railway safety, signage, work zones and more are welcome to reach out to the Highway Customer Service Centre at 1-844-SK-HIWAY, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit us online anytime.

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For more information, contact:

Patrick Book
Highways
Regina
Phone: 639-590-5641
Email: patrick.book@gov.sk.ca

Amy Lintick
Canadian Safety Train Express
Leader
Phone: 306-628-8138
Email: alintick@gsrailway.net

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