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National Rail Safety Week kicks off with events in Pontiac and Grand Rapids

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Operation Lifesaver, Inc. and the Michigan Railroads Association will kick off National Rail Safety Week to promote safety around the railroad tracks with events in Pontiac and Grand Rapids. All are encouraged to share rail safety messages on social media using the hashtag #RailSafety.

Curtis Stewart, Operation Lifesaver state coordinator
Jon Cool, Michigan Railroads Association
State and local officials
Law enforcement officers
Interested public

Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
10 - 11 a.m.
Pontiac Transportation Center
51000 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48342

Friday, Sept. 22, 2023
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Vernon J. Ehlers Station
440 Century Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

It happens every three hours in the United States: a person or vehicle is struck by a train. When this tragedy occurs, lives are changed forever.

To raise awareness of the dangers of being on or around railroad tracks, the first U.S. Rail Safety Week is happening this year Sept. 18 - 24. This event is being spearheaded by Operation Lifesaver, Inc. in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and other safety organizations.

Activities are being planned each day during the week to share lifesaving messages throughout our communities. By working together on raising railroad safety awareness, we can save lives.

Curtis Stewart
Michigan Operation Lifesaver