WHEREAS, 2,105 rail grade crossing collisions resulted in 807 personal injuries and were responsible for 274 fatalities in the United States during 2017; and,
WHEREAS, 1,027 trespassing incidents have occurred in the United States resulting in 520 pedestrians being killed and another 507 injured while trespassing on railroad property rights of way during 2017; and,
WHEREAS, Michigan ranked in the top 10 nationally for highway-rail crossing incidents in 2017; and,
WHEREAS, 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 will reduce the number of fatalities and injuries; and,
WHEREAS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Operation Lifesaver, United States Department of Transportation, and all local, state, county, and railroad law enforcement officers, first responders, and railroad corporations commit to partnering together in an effort to educate at a national level all aspects of railroad safety, to enforce applicable laws in support of National Rail Safety Week;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 23-29, 2018 as Midwest Rail Safety Week in Michigan.