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Operation Lifesaver unveils Rail Safety Challenge on International Level Crossing Awareness Day PDF Print E-mail

Safety nonprofit joins with Nebraska Operation Lifesaver to reduce truck-train crossing collisions.

Statistics show that approximately one out of four railroad crossing crashes involve vehicles that require a Commercial Driver License (CDL) to operate.
To address this issue, Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI, www.oli.org ) unveiled its Rail Safety for Professional Drivers e-Learning program with the support of the Nebraska Trucking Association and the Nebraska State Patrol.
The Rail Safety Challenge e-Learning program is an interactive experience that puts drivers behind the wheel of a truck for a ‘virtual” road trip.
The event takes place on International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD), which was started in 2010 to stress the importance of safety around highway-rail grade crossings.
“Total highway-rail vehicle incidents and crashes involving CDL vehicles in Nebraska increased in 2010 from 2009,” said Nebraska Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator Carol Daley. “As leader in highway-rail grade crossing safety education Operation Lifesaver is pleased to offer trucking companies, independent drivers and other organizations the opportunity to use this sate of the art safety program designed specifically for professional driver.”
A preview of the Rail Safety for Professional Drivers e-Learning program is available at http://bit.ly/kcFLL5. The e-Learning program was made possible by a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration. http://www.fra.dot.gov/.
“Our goal as we launch this new safety program is to ensure that every CDL driver has the information they need to safely cross a highway-rail grade crossing, every single time,” concluded Daley.