Positive enforcement safety blitz planned in Petal

Positive enforcement safety blitz planned in Petal

PETAL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. 

Mississippi Operation Lifesaver (MSOL), in conjunction with the Petal Police and Fire Departments would like to announce a railroad safety blitz event scheduled to take place in Petal, Mississippi. The event will be held on Thursday, November 12th from 10 a.m. to noon at three intersections: West Central and Hwy 11, West First Avenue and Hwy 11, and Chappell Hill Road and Hwy 11.  The safety blitz will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The railroad blitz is a partnership between Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (MSOL) and the Petal Police Department to bring about awareness to the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings. Crossing blitzes are held throughout the year in various locations statewide to increase awareness and reduce the numbers of fatalities at locations where roadways intersect with train tracks and at railroad rights of way.

According to Kim Sloan, executive director of Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, it is extremely important for the public to be informed about the dangers associated with highway-rail grade crossings and trespassing on railroad property.

"We must do our best to inform motorists, as well as pedestrians of the dangers that they can encounter at railroad crossings," Sloan said. "We are working to raise public awareness about these incidents, and hope that with our "See Tracks? Think Train!" message, we can will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries not only in Petal, but statewide."  According to Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Safety Data, there have been six fatalities in Mississippi as of August 31st of this year.

Mississippi Operation Lifesaver, Inc. is a non-profit organization that is working diligently to stop the needless deaths and injuries on or near highway rail grade crossings through education, enforcement and engineering. Operation Lifesaver presentations are available free of charge to local schools and organizations. Please contact MSOL at 601.359.7539 or 601.594.4713.