Amtrak Police Driver's Education Outreach
| Jan 18, 2019

Amtrak Police representatives are currently conducting their national railroad safety public outreach campaign targeting driver’s education and Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) schools and programs. The mission is to make drivers aware of railroad grade crossing safety and the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. The initiative is concentrating first on those states that have the highest number of grade crossing and trespassing incidents. Police volunteers are contacting the driving schools in each state to offer them free copies of two railroad safety videos created by Amtrak to incorporate in their driver’s instruction curriculum.  

         The videos are extremely impactful and include real-life stories of those whose deaths were completely avoidable had they known to follow the safety information outlined in both pieces. 

Here’s a peek at the videos being distributed.    

    Cheating Death : https://youtu.be/DiHD2FV-I_o  

    Emergency Notification System : https://youtu.be/ltUJXeHPt84

In addition to the rail safety videos, program administrators are being offered a free 25 minute onsite presentation by volunteers with Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit public education organization dedicated to preventing deaths and injuries along the railroad rights of way. 

Over the past several years, this outreach campaign has reached more than four million students across the country who were unaware of state grade crossing laws or the ability to activate the Emergency Notification System to stop a train if the tracks are blocked at a crossing.  One campaign organizer said the schools have shown a lot of interest in educating their students about rail safety and that most are unaware of the dangers associated with failing to obey state safety laws around train tracks.

 

 

 

| Jan 18, 2019

Amtrak Police representatives are currently conducting their national railroad safety public outreach campaign targeting driver’s education and Commercial Driver’s Licensing (CDL) schools and programs. The mission is to make drivers aware of railroad grade crossing safety and the dangers of trespassing on railroad property. The initiative is concentrating first on those states that have the highest number of grade crossing and trespassing incidents. Police volunteers are contacting the driving schools in each state to offer them free copies of two railroad safety videos created by Amtrak to incorporate in their driver’s instruction curriculum.  

         The videos are extremely impactful and include real-life stories of those whose deaths were completely avoidable had they known to follow the safety information outlined in both pieces. 

Here’s a peek at the videos being distributed.    

    Cheating Death : https://youtu.be/DiHD2FV-I_o  

    Emergency Notification System : https://youtu.be/ltUJXeHPt84

In addition to the rail safety videos, program administrators are being offered a free 25 minute onsite presentation by volunteers with Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit public education organization dedicated to preventing deaths and injuries along the railroad rights of way. 

Over the past several years, this outreach campaign has reached more than four million students across the country who were unaware of state grade crossing laws or the ability to activate the Emergency Notification System to stop a train if the tracks are blocked at a crossing.  One campaign organizer said the schools have shown a lot of interest in educating their students about rail safety and that most are unaware of the dangers associated with failing to obey state safety laws around train tracks.