What is "Operation Clear Track"?

What is "Operation Clear Track?"

As background, “Operation Clear Track” is a safety initiative sponsored by Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. to bring police and sheriff’s departments together to enforce state grade crossing and trespassing laws on America’s railroad tracks. Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of railroad-related deaths and injuries across the U.S. and Canada.  

During last year's three-hour enforcement period, police made more than 30 arrests, issued 2,500 citations and delivered more than 4,300 written and verbal warnings. Law enforcement personnel also distributed more than 45,000 railroad pocket safety cards to drivers and pedestrians.  

Are You Signed Up?

Dear Law Enforcement Official,

This is your official invitation to participate in the third annual “Operation Clear Track” railroad safety detail on Tuesday, September 24th to mark National Rail Safety Week 2019 from Sept. 22-28 across the U.S. and Canada. 

As in previous years, if you can devote three hours to railroad safety on this day or the rain date, Wednesday, September 25th,  we would be honored to have you as a member of our national railroad safety law enforcement team.

As background, “Operation Clear Track” is a safety initiative hosted by Amtrak Police and Operation Lifesaver Inc. to bring police and sheriff’s departments together to enforce state grade crossing and trespassing laws on America’s railroad tracks. Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of railroad-related deaths and injuries across the U.S. and Canada.  

Since its inception, this exercise targeting high incident railroad grade crossings, has resulted in thousands of citations and warnings issued to motorists and pedestrians violating these laws. The campaign remains the single largest railroad safety law enforcement activity ever assembled in the United States and starting this year in Canada. Last year nearly 530 Police, Sheriff’s, and other agencies participated across 48 states.

If you’re able to take part in this years campaign, you will be asked to report to any two railroad grade crossings in your community to enforce your grade crossing and trespassing laws and distribute railroad safety tip cards that will be shipped to your department at no cost to you (see attached). Those who do not comply with the law should be issued verbal or written warnings, or citations when appropriate. The three-hour enforcement period can occur during any shift and any time throughout a single day. At the end of the detail, your department will receive a link to report your enforcement results (number of warnings, citations and cards distributed) so we can establish statistical data for the operation nationwide.   

Attached is a letter from Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman with additional information about the event and a link to register for the operation and obtain your free  rail safety tip cards. This year, the cards will be shipped immediately upon registration to avoid delays.

We look forward to working with you to help keep your communities safe. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you and be safe.

Respectfully,


Barbara Petito

 

Amtrak Police Department

Lead Communications Specialist

900 2nd Street NE Suite 110

Washington, DC 20002

 (202) 906-3337 Cell Phone: 717-439-2925

Petitob@amtrak.com

| May 07, 2019

To participate in this national safety campaign, please click on the link to register your department:

https://operationlifesaver.wufoo.com/forms/operation-clear-track-2019-signup-form/

| May 07, 2019

To participate in this national safety campaign, please click on the link to register your department:

https://operationlifesaver.wufoo.com/forms/operation-clear-track-2019-signup-form/

| May 07, 2019

 

The overall feedback was very positive with many departments requesting an invitation to partake again next year. Some of the feedback provided is listed below:

  •  "It went great! I can’t believe even with officers standing there we had a few Semi-trucks attempt to cross the tracks. One even got hung up!” 

                - Biloxi Police Department

  • “Many motorists are unaware of railroad safety laws. Excellent detail to provide education to the public and keep
    motorists safe.” 

                - Hialeah Police Department

  • “The event was very successful, and we had very good cooperation in our city.  With a small city like we have the public awareness and press was very successful!” 

            - Royston Police Department Chief

  • “Great opportunity to have positive interaction with the public under the banner of rail safety.” 

            - BNSF Railway Police

| May 07, 2019

 

The overall feedback was very positive with many departments requesting an invitation to partake again next year. Some of the feedback provided is listed below:

  •  "It went great! I can’t believe even with officers standing there we had a few Semi-trucks attempt to cross the tracks. One even got hung up!” 

                - Biloxi Police Department

  • “Many motorists are unaware of railroad safety laws. Excellent detail to provide education to the public and keep
    motorists safe.” 

                - Hialeah Police Department

  • “The event was very successful, and we had very good cooperation in our city.  With a small city like we have the public awareness and press was very successful!” 

            - Royston Police Department Chief

  • “Great opportunity to have positive interaction with the public under the banner of rail safety.” 

            - BNSF Railway Police

| May 07, 2019

The cards offer tips on grade crossing safety and ways to avoid grade crossing trespassing on railroad tracks. If you do not have railroad crossings in your jurisdiction, this safety detail can be performed at a train station or on a train platform.

| May 07, 2019

The cards offer tips on grade crossing safety and ways to avoid grade crossing trespassing on railroad tracks. If you do not have railroad crossings in your jurisdiction, this safety detail can be performed at a train station or on a train platform.