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OL Authorized Volunteer has good day at the Tyler Truck Stop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in General News, Rail Safety and Truck Drivers | 0 comments

 

 

Had a fantastic day at the Tyler Travel Center truck stop October 23, 2015. Arrived at 7 am and stayed till 12:00 pm. Talked with 63 drivers and all were super receptive. I just kept a record of the drivers’ average age which was 42 years old and average experience was 16 years. Mixed group of long haul and route drivers. I really enjoyed talking to these guys. Many of them had some interesting stories. Some of their “close call” stories gave me chills. The most important safety reminder we can give ALL CDL drivers is if you “SEE TRACKS? THINK TRAIN!”

Larry Gilley
OL Volunteer
Retired UPRR Locomotive Engineer

 

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Truck Stop Ad Campaign is Underway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Texas Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific have rolled out a 60-day digital truck stop ad campaign to remind truck drivers to be aware and operate safely at all railroad crossings. Look for these signs at the diesel pumps!

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New Railroad Safety Ad Campaign for Truck Drivers

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in General News, Rail Safety, Rail Safety and Truck Drivers | 0 comments

seetracksthinktrainTexas Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific roll out targeted ads for big rigs

WHAT: Beginning October 1, 2015, Texas truck drivers will begin seeing new ads reminding them to be careful at railroad crossings when they stop to fill up at select fueling stations across the state. The ads are part of a campaign being launched by Texas Operation Lifesaver, thanks to a grant secured from the Federal Highway Administration.

The new program will consist of digital messaging at diesel pumps located at truck stops and service stations, specifically aimed at catching the attention of CDL drivers. With messages such as “Always Expect a Train” and “See Tracks? Think Train”, the goal is to remind drivers to be aware and operate safely at all railroad crossings.

During the course of the 60-day campaign, volunteers from Texas Operation Lifesaver and Union Pacific will also conduct periodic visits to participating truck stops to distribute additional safety literature and interact with the drivers.

Texas Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety organization committed to reducing the number of tragic incidents at highway-rail grade crossing intersections and trespassing on railroad rights-of-way. Union Pacific is a proud partner and sponsor of Texas Operation Lifesaver and counts safety as its number one priority.

WHY: Texas leads the nation in the number of highway-rail crossing collisions. Freight trains traveling 55 miles per hour take more than a mile to stop, which is why drivers are urged to stop in designated areas when railroad signals, flashers and gates indicate a train is approaching. With the economic growth seen across the state, large truck traffic is increasing. Safety education is imperative to limit the number of unfortunate collisions that may occur at crossings.

WHEN/WHERE: Ads will begin October 1, 2015, at truck stops across Texas, mainly focused in the southern and western portions of the state.

NOTE: Media interested in visiting a participating truck stop and/or further discussing the campaign are asked to contact Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific Railroad Media Director, to make arrangements.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sally Tingle, Texas Operation Lifesaver, Executive Director, 254.857.4454 (Office) or 254.855.3650 (Cell) or txol@hot.rr.com; Jeff DeGraff, Union Pacific Railroad Media Director
281.350.7771 (Office) or 281.705.0173 (Cell) or jdegraff@up.com.

Operation Lifesaver Urges Professional Photographers to Stay Safe, Stay Away from Train Tracks

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

photographerAs the fall season approaches and high school seniors start thinking about getting their senior photos taken, Operation Lifesaver (www.oli.org), along with Texas Operation Lifesaver, is urging professional photographers to refrain from taking photos of high school seniors and other subjects on train tracks or trestles.

Last year, more than 800 people were injured or killed while trespassing on railroad property in the U.S., according to preliminary Federal Railroad Administration statistics.

“We know that photographers seek creative portrait settings; however, using train tracks as a backdrop for photos is not only dangerous, it is illegal trespassing,” said Operation Lifesaver, Inc. President and CEO Joyce Rose. “This spring, as part of our mission to reduce deaths and injuries around trains, we are asking professional and amateur photographers to set the right example by staying away from train tracks.” Rose noted that about every three hours in the U.S., a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

A teacher who taught art and photography was struck and killed by a train while taking photos on the tracks late in 2012. In response to tragic and preventable incidents like this, Operation Lifesaver has worked with Professional Photographers of America on rail safety education outreach to the professional photographer community.

“Trackside settings have become popular for senior, wedding, and family portraits. But photographers need to know the laws and the safety ramifications of staging a photo shoot near train tracks,” said David Trust, chief executive officer of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). “PPA applauds Operation Lifesaver programs that educate photographers about the danger to themselves and their clients of working near tracks.”

Operation Lifesaver has six “must-know” tips for professional photographers considering a photo shoot near the tracks:

1. Trains can’t stop quickly to avoid people or vehicles on the tracks.

2. An optical illusion makes it hard to determine a train’s distance from you – and its speed.

3. The average train overhangs the track by at least three feet.

4. Railroad tracks, trestles, yards and rights-of-way are private property.

5. No tracks should be assumed to be abandoned or inactive.

6. People in your community mimic your behavior.

Tom Sergent, a professional photographer from the Waco, TX area, says “Most amateur photographers are not aware that shooting on train tracks is illegal. PPA is trying to get the word out, and the majority of your professional photographers no longer do photo shoots on train tracks. We applaud Operation Lifesaver’s educational efforts to keep photographers and their clients safe.”

Be a Rail Safety Role Model for Your Kids

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in General News, Rail Safety and Children | 0 comments

be-a-railsafety-role-modelBe a rail safety role model for your kids – OLI can help!
Whether you have kids or grandkids, we know that keeping them safe is always top of mind. According to an infographic by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one child under age 13 is involved in a car crash every 34 seconds.

This month, the observance of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 13-19) is a good time to think about the safety of kids in all modes of transportation. While choosing the right car seat and making seatbelts non-negotiable are focal points next week, modeling safe behavior around railroad tracks and trains can be just as important in terms of saving lives.

Part of Operation Lifesaver’s safety mission is to encourage children to make safe choices around trains and tracks, whether they are a passenger in a car or on foot. Our free resources for kids include posters, materials featuring our Sly Fox & Birdie safety mascots, videos, and other items, such as the SMART (Safety-Minded Around Rails and Trains) safety activity book, produced by Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit with assistance from California Operation Lifesaver.

Our trained Operation Lifesaver volunteers give free in-person safety presentations to kids from pre-K through high school in many areas of the country each year, reaching more than 1.3 million in those age groups alone in classroom events since 2010. Find out if there’s a volunteer near you!

We spread our rail safety messages even further through wonderful partnerships with Safe Kids Worldwide and the National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS)—focusing on materials and activities for children and families—as well as Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration, NHTSA and major freight and passenger railroads, on safety efforts that benefit kids and adults alike.

So what can you do to be a rail safety model?

· Talk with your kids about how important it is to always expect a train whenever you are near a railroad track or crossing;
· Tell them that trains can’t stop quickly because of their size and weight;
· Explain that it’s never safe, and also against the law, to walk along or on train tracks;
· Teach them to obey the signs and signals that warn you when you are approaching railroad crossings;
· Warn them to never try to beat a train across train tracks – it’s illegal and potentially deadly.

Learn more about how you can be a rail safety role model and find other resources on our website. And remember your job as a rail safety role model during Child Passenger Safety Week – and all year round.

Texas Operation Lifesaver Conducts Rail Safety Class in El Paso

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Texas Operation Lifesaver Conducts Rail Safety Class in El Paso

In August, Texas Operation Lifesaver conducted a Rail Safety Awareness seminar for law enforcement in El Paso.

Attendees included law enforcement personnel from the El Paso Sheriff’s Office, Texas Tech Police Department, and the Constable’s Office (Precinct 3). Instructors were Officers Jose Melero and Andrew Neverkovec, both from the El Paso Sheriff’s Office; and Colleen Martinez, Coordinator, Field Safety Support, BNSF Railway. The officers learned rail related enforcement strategies to implement in their respective jurisdictions. Texas Operation Lifesaver sponsors the training through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Texas Operation Lifesaver Announces New Truck Driver Rail Safety Project

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Texas Operation Lifesaver Announces New Truck Driver Rail Safety Project

Texas Operation Lifesaver is pleased to announce a new project funded by a grant from Operation Lifesaver, Inc., designed to raise awareness about rail safety among truck drivers.

TXOL’s approved grant project is to conduct a 60-day digital truck stop ad campaign at truck stops targeting CDL drivers of tractor-trailers and large trucks along Texas freight corridors in the South and Southeast.  The digital ad “Always Expect A Train!” followed by the yellow diamond logo “See Tracks?  Think Train! will be on the diesel pumps at the selected truck stops.  Each time a driver uses the pump, they will see our rail safety reminders.  The campaign will run 60 days, however, as an in-kind match, AllOverMedia the ad agency will add 30 days to the campaign at no cost at truck stops where ad space is available.

Also, to help increase rail safety awareness among professional drivers, during the Truck Stop ad campaign OL volunteers will be encouraged to reach out to trucking companies to offer presentations.  TXOL will provide volunteers a pdf of a flyer they can copy and distribute to trucking companies.

For more on the grant program, read here: http://oli.org/news/view/operation-lifesaver-inc.-awards-grants-for-crossing-safety-public-awareness

 

 

Operation Lifesaver Awards Grants for Crossing Safety Public Awareness Campaigns

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Operation Lifesaver Awards Grants for Crossing Safety Public Awareness Campaigns

Operation Lifesaver, Inc. recently awarded $204,000 for Crossing Safety Public Awareness Campaigns. The grants will be awarded to Operation Lifesaver organizations in Texas, along with 12 other states. The Texas grant will be used to conduct a 60-day digital truck stop ad campaign at truck stops targeting CDL drivers of tractor-trailers and large trucks along Texas freight corridors in the South and Southeast.

The campaign will spread the “See Tracks? Think Train!” safety message to raise awareness about the dangers near tracks and trains.

For the full article, see: http://oli.org/news/view/operation-lifesaver-inc.-awards-grants-for-crossing-safety-public-awareness

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Conducts Safety Campaign Targeting the Homeless

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in General News | 0 comments

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Conducts Safety Campaign Targeting the Homeless

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) conducted a safety campaign using OLI’s “See Tracks? Think Train!” materials that targeted the homeless p­opulation in Dallas and surrounding areas through an innovative partnership between the agency and social service organizations.

DART activities included conducting safety presentations, distributing rail safety-themed merchandise to homeless individuals and families, and incorporating rail safety messages in the Dallas County directory of services for them. Read the full article in “Passenger Transport,” from the American Public Transportation Association: http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/aptapt/issues/2015-08-07/19.html