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Illinois Rail Safety Week

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) is coordinating the fifth, statewide Illinois Rail Safety Week, which runs from September 23rd to 29th, in partnership with Metra Railroad, along with support from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, railroads, schools, and various private sector agencies.

The ILACP is also pleased to announce that Operation Lifesaver has declared the same week as National Rail Safety Week, and the ILACP is proud to be part of the national effort. The Park Ridge Police Department wants to promote safety for pedestrians around railroad tracks.  Operation Lifesaver offers the following advice for commuter train passengers to help keep you safe during your travels;
• Stay alert.  Trains can come from either direction at any time and can be very quiet.  Obey warning signs and signals and use caution when using headsets or cell phones around trains.
• Watch the overhang.  Trains are wider than the tracks; never sit on the edge of a station platform.
• Stand away from the platform edge.  Pay attention to painted or raised markings at the platform edge, and stay at least three feet away from the train while it is coming in or out of the station.
• When on board, hold on tight to poles or seats, and listen carefully to directions from the train operator or conductor.
• Watch your step.  Be careful getting on or off the train – there may be a gap between the train and the platform or steps.
• Do not take shortcuts with your life!  Follow directional signs and markings that let you know where it is safe to cross the tracks.  Crossing the tracks anywhere else is dangerous and illegal.

If you would like more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit or contact the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.  Additionally, any questions regarding Rail Safety Week may be forwarded to Interim Deputy Chief Michael Semkiu at 847-818-5267 or

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