Over the next few days, CN Police will conduct enforcement operations to promote railroad crossing safety and prevent trespassing in our region. CN Police patrols will be out in Sarnia to educate drivers on the dangers of disregarding signals at railroad crossings.
CN Police is a police service created in 1923, with a presence in eight Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states. Its main mission is to save lives by changing behaviours around railway property. CN Police officers work in constant partnership with local communities and other law enforcement agencies. Their main duties include enforcing road and rail safety legislation, educating the public, conducting criminal investigations and implementing safety solutions.
In 2017, more than 222 accidents occurred in Canada, resulting in 72 fatalities and 44 serious injuries. Disregard for railroad crossing signals and gates and distracted driving were the main causes of those accidents, along with pedestrian trespassing. Under the Railway Safety Act, trespassing on tracks is illegal because of the significant risk of injury and death.
- Trains and cars do not mix. Never race a train to the crossing – even if you tie, you lose.
- Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a train can take 1.5 km or more to stop. That’s 18 football fields!
- Never drive around lowered gates – it is illegal and extremely dangerous.
- Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a railroad crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is much wider than the tracks on both sides.
- If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, exit the vehicle immediately and move quickly AWAY from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. Contact the railway company concerned for assistance.