Train Safety Video Aims to Help Save Lives
Barrington police work with Metra to educate community on train safety.
The village of Barrington is actively involved in a train safety education program, Operation Lifesaver Train Safety Awareness, said Barrington Assistant Police Chief Dave Dorn. The program is a comprehensive train safety program that educates children and adults of the dangers of Metra’s at-grade crossings and trespassing along the railroad’s right-of-way.
"We do train safety programs and have for years been involved in Operation Lifesaver," Dorn said. Dorn said police go to Barrington schools and talk about train safety with driver's education students as well as younger students.
"We have a lot of crossings so we try to do whatever we can to educate people about train safety," Dorn said.
The accident last Friday, in which 11-year-old Dominic Szymanski survived being hit by a Metra train has brought train safety to mind in Barrington and surrounding communities.
The Village of Western Springs is also involved in Operation Lifesaver; Western Springs Police Officer, Daniel Stevens was instrumental in producing the Public service announcement, “Safety Is More Important Than Ever” featuring Metra’s CEO, Alex Clifford reaffirming his commitment to rail safety.
The Operation Lifesaver Train Safety Awareness Program is a comprehensive train safety program that educates children and adults of the dangers of Metra’s at-grade crossings and trespassing along our railroad’s right-of-way.
Metra’s Operation Lifesaver Presenters conduct approximately 950 free presentations annually to children, ranging in ages from pre-school to 18 years, community groups, school bus drivers, professional truck drivers, emergency responders and other organizations.