Operation Lifesaver is a public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way. I am pleased that Common Council President Denise DeMarb was able to join staff from Wisconsin and Southern Railroad, area law enforcement personnel and Wisconsin Rail Commissioner Jeff Plale to see first hand how many close calls Wisconsin and Southern engineers face each day.
The first week of June was Rail Safety Week and Wisconsin and Southern, each year sponsors their Officer on a Train program. After receiving a safety briefing, the officers from various departments were either stationed on the train, or in nearby squad cars. When the officers on the train observed illegal track related activity, involving motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians, they radioed to their colleagues in cars who were able to stop the offender and educate them on their violation.
I know Council President DeMarb enjoyed the educational experience and the officers look forward to the event every year. Thanks to Wisconsin and Southern for hosting. For more information on Operation Lifesaver, check out their website.