Operation Clear Track Results in 67 Charges

media release

The Waterloo Regional Police Service was proud to join law enforcement agencies across North America for Operation Clear Track, an initiative designed to educate the public on how they can keep themselves safe around tracks and trains, as well as reduce preventable deaths and injuries on rail lines. 

The week-long event ran during Rail Safety Week (September 23, 2019 to September 29, 2019), and was coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. and Operation Lifesaver Canada.

Over the course of the week, members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service laid 67 charges, while conducting enforcement at train and LRT crossings throughout Waterloo Region.  Charges include:

  • Disobey Railway Crossing Signal - Stop Wrong Place
  • Disobey Railway Crossing Signal- Fail to Stop
  • Drive While Under Suspension
  • Fail to Surrender Permit
  • Disobey Sign
  • Drive Motor Vehicle- No Currently Valid Permit
  • Fail to Display Insurance
  • Drive with hand-held device
  • Impaired over 80
  • Drive While Child Passenger not Properly Secured
  • Drive on Closed Highway
  • Fail to Stop for Red Light
  • Drive no Plate
  • Vehicle Modified
  • 3-day suspension (ASD)

More than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured each year as a result of collisions at rail crossings and as a result of trespassing on railway property.

Even though Rail Safety Week is over, our enforcement and education continues. Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are reminded to never race a train, be prepared to stop, stay alert at rail crossings, leave your vehicle if it stalls or gets stuck, stay off the tracks, and use designated rail crossings.

For more information about Operation Clear Track, Rail Safety Week, and other rail-safety initiatives and tips, please visit: operationlifesaver.ca   

Media Inquiries:

Constable Ashley Dietrich
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
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