Amtrak and Operation Lifesaver Inc. are partnering with local law enforcement agencies and the Maryland Department of Transportation to raise awareness around best practices for railway safety.
September 18 to 24 is officially Railway Safety Week in Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is looking for local law enforcement agencies to take part in Operation Clear Track activities around the state. Engagement can be in the form of in-person events at railroad crossings in participating jurisdictions to chat with drivers and pedestrians alike about best safety practices.
Law enforcement agencies can also host virtual awareness events online to educate residence on rail safety and how to make safe choices around crossings. From the Amtrak call to action:
We recognize your role as first responders, educators, and safety and government organizations in helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries that occur around railroad tracks and trains. Many of you respond to these calls and know first-hand the consequences of unsafe behavior on and around railroad tracks.
MDOT is encouraging as many local participants as possible to join.
We are encouraging all first responders, including law enforcement, firefighters, Emergency Medical Services, and Offices of Emergency Management partners to take part in this effort and conduct IN-PERSON “Operation Clear Track” exercises at a highway-rail grade crossing that day to empower drivers and multi-modal users of the safe practices to crossing the tracks.
Information on how a local public safety departments can participate are at the registration website.