5 May 2011 - Operation Lifesaver Presents the Roger Cyr Award To Miguel Lewerenz of the Quebec-Gatineau Railway For Outstanding Accomplishments in Promoting Rail Safety
OTTAWA - Operation Lifesaver, the nation's dedicated non-profit organization focused on preventing accidents associated with train collisions with motor vehicles and trespassing on rail property, has announced its 2011 Roger Cyr Award winner, Miguel Lewerenz, as part of Public-Rail Safety Week, May 2 through May 8. The national award recognizes efforts to raise public awareness and promote public-rail and road safety.
A veteran train engineer and a certified Operation Lifesaver presenter since 2009, Miguel Lewerenz was nominated for the award by Normand Adams, Training, Security and Settlement coordinator at Quebec-Gatineau Railway. Miguel was named this year's Roger Cyr Award in recognition of his extensive community outreach activities, presentations, and meetings with public officials in the Trois-Rivières, Québec, region. Lewerenz was selected from among the dedicated advocates of rail safety who applied for this year's Roger Cyr Award. MORE >
4 May 2011 - Operation Lifesaver Reminds New Drivers to “Train to Drive”
Don’t let inexperience get in the way of safety
OTTAWA – With high school proms in full force and summer soon approaching Operation Lifesaver, the nation's dedicated not-for-profit organization focused on preventing accidents associated with train collisions with motor vehicles and trespassing on rail property, is reaching out to new drivers and particularly the 14-24 age groups across Canada to make sure inexperience doesn’t get in the way of safety.
“Train to Drive,” an online safety education site for new drivers available at www.traintodrive.net, makes it easy for newly-licensed Canadians to learn the best way to approach highway/railway crossings and rail safety in just a matter of minutes. The interactive and informative program complements current driver training and takes just minutes to complete.
“Canada has over 37,000 rail crossings and over 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,” says 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 the 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.” MORE >
2 May 2011 - Operation Lifesaver Calls On Canadians To Help Reduce Fatalities And Serious Injuries Through Education During Rail Safety Week
OTTAWA - Operation Lifesaver, the nation's dedicated non-profit organization focused on preventing accidents associated with train collisions with motor vehicles and trespassing on rail property, is calling on all Canadians to participate in Rail Safety Week from May 2 through May 8.
During Rail Safety Week, Operation Lifesaver is asking parents, youth, teachers, emergency response providers, and motorists to take a moment to learn about the basic rail-safety information that could one day save their life.
Since 1980 the number of crossing collisions (where a train and motor vehicle collide) in Canada has fallen dramatically from over 800 annually to approximately 200 in 2010. While this reduction speaks to the success of safety efforts undertaken in that time, there still remains unnecessary loss of life and injury with 79 fatalities and 47 serious injuries occurring in 2010 as a result of crossing collisions and trespassing on rail property. MORE >