WHEREAS, 68 crashes occurred at public highway-rail grade crossings, resulting in 8 fatalities and 26 injuries in Michigan during 2016; and,
WHEREAS, 12 trespassing incidents occurred in Michigan during 2016, resulting in the deaths of 9 pedestrians and injuring 6 others while trespassing on railroad property right of ways; and,
WHEREAS, these incidents are preventable by educating and informing the public about rail safety, reminding the public that railroad right of ways are private property, enhancing public awareness of the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings, ensuring pedestrians and motorists are looking and listening while near railways, and obeying established traffic laws; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan Operation Lifesaver, local and railroad law enforcement officers, first responders and area railroad companies commit to partnering together in an effort to educate Michigan residents on all aspects of railroad safety; and,
WHEREAS, this year, Michigan will be joining 47 other states in implementing “Operation Lifesaver,” a regional rail safety initiative;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 24-30, 2017 as Midwest Rail Safety Week in Michigan.