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About CO OL

What is Colorado Operation Lifesaver?


Colorado Operation Lifesaver (CO OL) is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. OL promotes rail safety through public awareness campaigns and education initiatives, including free safety presentations by authorized volunteers. We speak to school groups, driver education classes, community audiences, professional drivers, law enforcement officers, emergency responders, and others. Our program is co-sponsored by state and local government agencies, highway safety organizations, America's railroads, and other entities. Together we promote the three E's - education, enforcement and engineering - to keep people safe around the tracks and railway crossings within our communities. Colorado OL is part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).

Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?
Sadly, every year people in Colorado are killed or injured at highway-rail crossings and at other locations along railroad tracks.

Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quickly to avoid collisions; or, they take chances by ignoring warning signs and signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on tracks, or simply not paying attention when approaching highway-rail crossings. People also make the potentially fatal mistake of choosing railroad tracks as shortcuts or as places to walk or run for recreation. They may not realize that walking on train tracks is illegal, or understand how quickly and quietly a train can approach. Our safety tips can save your life – or the life of someone you love.

CO OL Events

July 18th “Thrilling Thursdays” at the Colorado Railroad Museum Colorado Railroad Museum 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden 10am-1pm
July 19th Windsor School Bus Drivers "Windsor Schools Readiness Center 31725 Great Western Dr, Windsor" 8:00
July 25th “Thrilling Thursdays” at the Colorado Railroad Museum Colorado Railroad Museum 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden 10am-1pm
August 3rd Ault Fall Festival Ault 9:00am to 3pm
August 3rd RR Days in Palmer Lake Palmer Lake Town Hall, 28 Valley Crescent St, Palmer Lake, CO 80133 10:00 - 3:00
August 5th Mapleton Public School Bus Driver Transportation Mapleton Public School Transportation, Denver 8:00am
August 8th Fort Morgan Police Department’s National Night Out 5:00.  DownTown Fort Morgan on Main street by the library or in the library park. 5:00pm - ?
August 10th RTD Light Rail Rodeo RTD Light Rail Maintenance facility at 2701 S. Elati Street, Englewood, CO. 9:00 - noon
August 10th Chapel Hills Mall “Kid’s First Safety Day” 1710 Briargate Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80920 11AM to 3PM
August 16th Boulder County Free Day (w/Steam) Colorado Railroad Museum 17155 W. 44th Avenue, Golden 10am - 4pm

CO OL Safety Partners

BNSF Railway
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Dept. of Regulatory Agencies
Colorado Department of Transportation
Denver RTD
Federal Railroad Administration
Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management
OmniTrax
Union Pacific Railroad
United States Truck Driving School, Inc.

CO OL Statistics

Decline in collisions
We’ve helped to reduce the number of train/motor vehicle collisions from a 1972 high of roughly 12,000 annual incidents to approximately 2,025 incidents in 2016.

Contact Us

Mike McCoy Colorado State Coordinator

303-759-3677 (mobile)

99 Flat Iron Lane
Severance , Colorado    80550