ILACP in Partnership with Metra Presents
The 5th Annual Rail Safety Week
The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) Traffic Safety Committee understands the importance of tying together the educational and engineering component of rail safety to the enforcement component of rail safety that law enforcement agencies can bring to the table.
In order to coordinate this statewide effort, the ILACP Traffic Safety Committee turned the idea into a reality by building partnerships and implementing the first ever Illinois Rail Safety Week event in 2014, which was held from September 14th to September 20th.
By combining the resources of both public and private entities in terms of the 3 “E’s” (Education, Enforcement, and Engineering) during a statewide effort, a common goal can be achieved; to save lives and prevent injuries.
USA Railway Incident Numbers:
These numbers highlight the need to build awareness of rail safety
Trespassing Incidents in 2015
Trespassing Incidents in 2016
Trespassing Incidents in 2017
Trespassing Deaths in 2015
Trespassing Deaths in 2016
Trespassing Deaths in 2017
Rail Crossing Collisions in 2015
Rail Crossing Collisions in 2016
Rail Crossing Collisions in 2017
Rail Crossing Deaths in 2015
Rail Crossing Deaths in 2016
Rail Crossing Deaths in 2017
To promote EDUCATION, conduct ENFORCEMENT and promote continued ENGINEERING advances in an effort to raise public awareness which will lead to the prevention of collisions, deaths, and injuries at places where roadways cross railroad tracks, on railroad rights of way, and on railroad property.
Simply put, the mission of Illinois Rail Safety Week is to save lives and prevent tragedies.
Illinois has historically been in the top 5 within the United States in terms of rail grade crossing fatalities and trespass fatalities.
During 2015, Illinois ranked 2nd in the U.S. in grade crossing fatalities with 31.
During 2015, Illinois ranked 5th in the U.S in trespass fatalities with 23.
During 2016, Illinois ranked 2nd in the U.S. in grade crossing fatalities with 24.
During 2016, Illinois ranked 7th in the U.S in trespass fatalities with 22.
During 2017, Illinois ranked 2nd in the U.S. in grade crossing fatalities with 21.
During 2017, Illinois ranked 8th in the U.S in trespass fatalities with 15.
Is not one fatality too many?
Additional Rail Safety Week Initiatives:
“Operation Clear Track” on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018, is a one-day safety initiative that brings police and sheriff’s departments together nationwide to enforce state grade crossing and trespassing laws on America’s railroad tracks.
If you agree to participate, please register today and put in your request for cards ASAP as we are trying to bring more than 400 law enforcement agencies on board as this year’s goal.
Why have a week dedicated to statewide rail safety?
According to the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC):
• There is more than 7,400 miles of railroad track within Illinois, the second largest rail system of any state in the U.S.
• All 7 Class 1 railroads in the U.S. operate within Illinois (BNSF, CN, CP, CSX, KCS, NS, UP), in addition to about 50 smaller railroads.
• 12,048 level crossings exist within Illinois (7,783 public: 3,905 private: 360 pedestrian).
• 2,670 public highway rail structures exist within Illinois (1,729 over: 941 under).
• More than 500 million tons of freight moves on rails within Illinois each year, which is the most of any state in the U.S.
• About 20 million tons of chemicals, many of which are hazardous, are transported on the rail system within Illinois each year.
• Chicago is the largest rail hub in the U.S. and the 3rd largest intermodal container/trailer port in the world, following only Singapore and Hong Kong.
We have a multitude of resources that you can use to help increase public awareness of railway safety. See our resources page for downloadable posters, flyers, documents, and press releases.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact us today. Together we can make a difference around railroads in 2018!