Governor Mike Pence declared August 24 through August 30, as Indiana Rail Safety Week.
State officials and railroad companies have partnered together to raise public awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossings laws and trespassing on railroad property. Indiana Operation Lifesaver has scheduled numerous enforcement blitzes throughout Indiana involving law enforcement agencies.
In 2013, there were 90 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 32 people injured and 16 fatalities in the state of Indiana.
Indiana is currently ranked 5th nationally for railroad crossing collisions.
The Hoosier State had 19 trespasser deaths last year as well as 19 injuries.
Indiana Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade intersections and on railroad rights-of-way through public education, engineering and enforcement.
To learn more about Indiana Operation Lifesaver, please visit us online at www.oli.org or call 812-528-4327.