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/

| Oct 02, 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:

  •  "This operation was a huge success. The citizens were surprised and grateful toget the safety information. And they appreciated our office being proactive inkeeping this community safe.” 

                - Petersburg Sheriff's Office

  • “This was a great opportunity to address safety concerns and educate the publicregarding railway and crossing safety. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.” 

                - Pittsburg Police Department

  • “Our second year participating and we use it as a good community policing eventto hand out the flyers and educate the public on rail road safety.” 

            - New Providence Police

  • “The public was appreciative of the initiative. Many of them had questions thatwe answered for them. I sincerely believe this is a worthwhile event and we willdefinitely continue to participate in the program.” 

            - Apex Police Department

| Oct 02, 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:

  •  "This operation was a huge success. The citizens were surprised and grateful toget the safety information. And they appreciated our office being proactive inkeeping this community safe.” 

                - Petersburg Sheriff's Office

  • “This was a great opportunity to address safety concerns and educate the publicregarding railway and crossing safety. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.” 

                - Pittsburg Police Department

  • “Our second year participating and we use it as a good community policing eventto hand out the flyers and educate the public on rail road safety.” 

            - New Providence Police

  • “The public was appreciative of the initiative. Many of them had questions thatwe answered for them. I sincerely believe this is a worthwhile event and we willdefinitely continue to participate in the program.” 

            - Apex Police Department

| 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.