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About MS OL

What is Mississippi Operation Lifesaver?
Mississippi Operation Lifesaver (MS 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. MS OL is part of a national nonprofit program known as Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI).

Why is Operation Lifesaver Needed?
Sadly, every year people in Mississippi 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.

Become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer
We are always looking for high-energy volunteers to help us spread our important message. Our volunteers are everywhere—schools, training programs, law enforcement events and safety fairs—with the common purpose of keeping our citizens safe. You can begin the process today by clicking here.

MS OL Events

*Please note that outdoor events will be postponed or canceled during inclement weather for safety

Sunday, September 23rd
• Social Media Launch of RSW. All Mississippi Mainline newsletter recipients will be provide links to share on Social Media as part of this effort.

Monday, September 24th
• Media Kickoff, announcing Gov. Bryant Proclaiming RSW Presser and Social Media
• Info and Promos Distributed at USM Science Café partnering with MDOT Safety Section
• CN Awareness Events at McComb Railroad Museum and Amtrak Station in Jackson
• MS Photography Association repost on Facebook – NO PHOTOS ON TRACKS

Tuesday, September 25th
Operation Clear Track (Amtrak sponsored)
• Clarke County EMA, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, MHP Troop H, Petal Police Department and the Biloxi Police Department confirmed to participate in a positive enforcement event that will take place simultaneously in 48 states. As of 9.18 there were 505 agencies participating.
• CN Crossing Enforcement in Yazoo City
• CN Crossing/Trespassing Enforcement in Greenwood

Wednesday, September 26th
• Positive Enforcement event in Picayune with the PPD and DOT Rails Enforcement
• CN Enforcement Event at Brookhaven and Greenwood Amtrak Stations
• Awareness Event at the Amtrak Station Greenwood
• Hazlehurst High School RR Safety Presentation

Thursday, September 27th
• Meridian Community College information booth at the Student Center. Radio interview tentative.
• CN Awareness Event at Farmers Grain Terminal in Greenwood
• CN Awareness Event at Tchula Grain in Tchula
• CN Awareness Event at Quitto Gin in Itta Bena
• CN Awareness Event at Egypt Planting in Cruger

Friday, September 28th
• Safety literature and coloring books will be distributed to area kids at MSU Farmtastic Event in Starkville in partnership with MDOT Safety Section
• Red Out for Rail Safety at various locations- distribution of information and items

Saturday, September 29th
• CN Awareness Event at the Greenwood Farmers Market

MS OL Safety Partners

BNSF Railway
Canadian National Railway
CSX Transportation
Genesee & Wyoming Railroad
Kansas City Southern Railway
Mississippi Delta Railroad
Mississippi Department of Transportation
Norfolk Southern Railway
Old Augusta Railroad
Patriot Rail
Watco

MS OL Statistics

Preliminary Mississippi Rail Crossing and Trespass Statistics, 2016 vs. 2017
Source: FRA Office of Safety Analysis

Rail Safety Week 2018

*Please note that outdoor events will be postponed or canceled during inclement weather for safety

Sunday, September 23rd
• Social Media Launch of RSW. All Mississippi Mainline newsletter recipients will be provide links to share on Social Media as part of this effort.

Monday, September 24th
• Media Kickoff, announcing Gov. Bryant Proclaiming RSW Presser and Social Media
• Info and Promos Distributed at USM Science Café partnering with MDOT Safety Section
• CN Awareness Events at McComb Railroad Museum and Amtrak Station in Jackson
• MS Photography Association repost on Facebook – NO PHOTOS ON TRACKS

Tuesday, September 25th
Operation Clear Track (Amtrak sponsored)
• Clarke County EMA, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, MHP Troop H, Petal Police Department and the Biloxi Police Department confirmed to participate in a positive enforcement event that will take place simultaneously in 48 states. As of 9.18 there were 505 agencies participating.
• CN Crossing Enforcement in Yazoo City
• CN Crossing/Trespassing Enforcement in Greenwood

Wednesday, September 26th
• Positive Enforcement event in Picayune with the PPD and DOT Rails Enforcement
• CN Enforcement Event at Brookhaven and Greenwood Amtrak Stations
• Awareness Event at the Amtrak Station Greenwood
• Hazlehurst High School RR Safety Presentation

Thursday, September 27th
• Meridian Community College information booth at the Student Center. Radio interview tentative.
• CN Awareness Event at Farmers Grain Terminal in Greenwood
• CN Awareness Event at Tchula Grain in Tchula
• CN Awareness Event at Quitto Gin in Itta Bena
• CN Awareness Event at Egypt Planting in Cruger

Friday, September 28th
• Safety literature and coloring books will be distributed to area kids at MSU Farmtastic Event in Starkville in partnership with MDOT Safety Section
• Red Out for Rail Safety at various locations- distribution of information and items

Saturday, September 29th
• CN Awareness Event at the Greenwood Farmers Market

Contact Us

Kimbler Sloan Executive Director

601-594-4713 (mobile)
601-359-7539 (office)

P.O. Box 1624
Jackson , MS    39215