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LETHBRIDGE:  It's a dubious distinction. A spike in railway crossing collisions means Alberta now has the worst rail-safety record in the country.


There were 18 collisions from January to March in our province, compared to 11 during the same period last year. On a country wide basis, Alberta had almost one-third of all crossing collisions over that period. Two people were killed, one near Sylvan Lake and the other near Fabian, outside Wainwright.


Across the country, there were 63 crossing collisions in the first three months of the year, up from 55 in the same period last year. And the national number killed at crossings rose from 8 to 13. Another 9 people were killed in the first quarter of 2013 trespassing on railway property, which includes walking on the tracks.


Operation Lifesaver's Mike Regimbal, says economic activity has something to do with the increase in rail crossing collisions, "There's no question some trains are longer, run more frequently than ever before and sometimes it can be an inconvenience to the motorist that's waiting. But, trying to beat the train to the crossing, to save a few minutes, is literally putting your life on the line".

April 29th to May 5th is Public-Rail Safety Week. With the above mentioned numbers brought to light, it should come as no surprise that this is the perfect time to focus on rail safety issues. During the week, railway and municipal police will be stopping vehicles and pedestrians at  high-risk crossings from coast-to-coast and that includes here in Southern Alberta. The enforcement blitz will see police at various high-volume crossings in Coaldale, Lethbridge, Taber, Fort MacLeod and Vulcan.


CP Police Inspector Bill Law says, "We will be looking for people that are trespassing and disobeying railway crossing signals - and when we find people doing those things, they're going to get a ticket".


Posted on Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 4/17/2014 2:55:11 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News with files from Radio News Service / Country 95 News photo of Mar 4th 2013 crossing collision in Lethbridge
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