As part of its ongoing commitment to rail safety, CN is encouraging drivers to use caution around railway crossings and reminding winter outdoor enthusiasts to stay away from railway tracks.
“Icy roads, reduced visibility and storms are a potentially dangerous combination and we encourage people to drive safely and use caution around railway crossings,” said Stephen Covey, chief of police and chief security officer at CN. “And for snowmobile operators, their first responsibility must be safety. Railway tracks should never be used as a trail. Riding on or along railway tracks can cost you your life.”
Snowmobiles should only cross tracks at designated crossings. Trespassing on railway tracks or property — by snowmobiles, or cross-country skiers, or snowshoers, or others — is illegal and dangerous.
For information about rail safety, contact CN’s Public Inquiry Line at 1-888-888-5909. CN Police community service officers are available to give presentations to sport groups or at community events.
Five important rail safety tips for the winter season:
- Drivers might need more room to come to a complete stop at crossings.
- The reduced visibility and sounds from a storm might make it more difficult to see or hear a train coming.
- Railroads and their adjacent right-of-way are not a safe place to snowshoe, cross-country ski or ride a snowmobile.
- If you’re snowshoeing or skiing near a designated crossing, don’t wear headphones and be aware of your surroundings.
- Railroads are never a safe shortcut to get anywhere.
About CN Police Services: In addition to patrolling CN property, CN Police Services (CNPS) officers deliver rail safety presentations to schools, trucking agencies, bus operators and community organizations. By rolling out strategic educational initiatives and conducting targeted operations, it aims to promote safe behaviours and increase awareness of rail safety.