Gov. Mike Pence declares August 25-31 Rail Safety Week

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Indiana Governor Mike Pence declared August 25 through August 31, 2013 as Indiana Rail Safety Week.

Indiana Operation Lifesaver, Indiana State Police, INDOT, local law enforcement and railroad companies have partnered together to raise awareness about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing and trespassing laws.

“Every collision between a vehicle or person and a train is preventable,” states Jessica Feder, Executive Director of Indiana Operation Lifesaver.

In 2012, there were 106 railroad crossing collisions resulting in 38 people injured and 17 fatalities in the state of Indiana. Indiana is currently ranked 4th nationally for railroad crossing collisions, and more than 75 percent of these collisions occur where active warning devices exist.

To learn more about Indiana Operation Lifesaver, please visit them online at www.oli.org or call 317-267-4011.