LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Governor Scott Walker has issued a proclamation making Wednesday, May 15, 2013, Operation Lifesaver Awareness Day in Wisconsin.
Operation Lifesaver is a national rail safety organization with coordinators in all 50 states. Its mission is to educate motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists about railroad safety and help put an end to preventable rail-related deaths and injuries.
Last year, there were 43 highway/railroad grade crossing crashes in Wisconsin. Those crashes resulted in four deaths and 12 injuries, according to preliminary data from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA also reported there were three pedestrian incidents on or near railroad tracks in 2012, killing two people and injuring one.
Operation Lifesaver and WisDOT offer the following rail safety reminders:
For more information about Operation Lifesaver, visit http://oli.org/. Read the Governor's proclamation at: http://www.dot.state.wi.us/news/images/2013lifesaver.pdf.
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