Stay safe on the tracks

CN Police Services encourages parents and teachers to talk to kids about rail safety

MONTREAL /CNW/ – As part of its ongoing commitment to rail safety, CN is encouraging parents and teachers to get involved in raising awareness with school-aged children about the importance of rail safety.

This fall, CN police officers will be giving presentations in schools and community organizations, educating kids and parents about rail safety.

“Just as you would talk to your kids about crossing the street at the corner and waiting for a green light, we are inviting adults to take time this school year to talk to young people about being safe around railway tracks,” said Stephen Covey, chief of police and chief security officer at CN. “Good habits start early and a short conversation can prevent a life from being cut short.”

For information about how to talk to your children or their class about rail safety, please contact CN’s Public Inquiry Line by calling 1-888-888-5909.

A team member will provide you advice and educational material. CN Police community service officers are available to give presentations to school groups or at community events.

“Rail Safety is a shared responsibility and by working with parents and teachers, we can help keep our children safe and avoid preventable tragedies,” Covey said.

Five important rail safety tips for children:

• Only cross train tracks at a designated crossing;

• Don’t wear headphones and be aware of your surroundings near tracks;

• Look both ways before crossing;

• Respect all traffic signs including gates and lights;

• Trains are going faster than you think and can’t stop quickly.

About CN Police Services

Every year, CN Police Services responds to hundreds of events along CN’s network across eight Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states. In addition to patrolling CN property, CNPS officers deliver rail safety presentations to schools, trucking agencies, bus operators and community organizations.

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