September 11-19, 2016: Midwest Rail Safety Week

WHEREAS, 52 crashes occurred at public highway-rail grade crossings, resulting in 3 fatalities and 11 injuries in Michigan during 2015; and,

WHEREAS, 7 trespassing incidents occurred in Michigan during 2015, resulting in the deaths of 5 pedestrians and injuring 2 others while trespassing on railroad property right of ways; and,

WHEREAS, these incidents are preventable by educating and informing the public about rail safety, reminding the public that railroad right of ways are private property, enhancing public awareness of the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings, ensuring pedestrians and motorists are looking and listening while near railways, and obeying established traffic laws; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Operation Lifesaver, local and railroad law enforcement officers, first responders and area railroad companies commit to partnering together in an effort to educate Michigan residents on all aspects of railroad safety; and,

WHEREAS, this year, Michigan will be joining the states of Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in implementing “Operation Lifesaver,” a regional rail safety initiative;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 11-19, 2016 as Midwest Rail Safety Week in Michigan.