News Release - January 21, 2010
CHILDREN’S RAIL SAFETY BOOKS HAVE LEFT THE STATION
Colouring Books Also Now Available Online
Saskatchewan children living in communities served by shortline railways will soon receive free colouring books aimed at teaching them train safety.
The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, which regulates Saskatchewan's 10 privately-owned shortline railways, is once again distributing the books to Grade 4 children in schools along the provincial railway network. Teachers and parents can also download the books for the first time from the ministry's website.
"As the province's shortline industry grows, we want to make sure parents, teachers and children can access this important safety information to learn what to do when near trains, tracks or railway crossings," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. "Although my ministry takes regular action and works with various partners to help ensure safety near railways, motorists and pedestrians must also do their part to stay safe near this component of our transportation system."
The 2009-10 edition of Train Safety Activity Book and companion Teacher's Guide, produced by the ministry in partnership with the Saskatchewan Shortline Railway Association (SSRA), can be found in PDF format at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/sask-rail/shortlinesafety/.
"These books help the association promote railway safety in the communities where its members operate and throughout Saskatchewan," SSRA Chairman Roger Gadd said. "We're proud to be a part of this project."
The content of the activity book was originally developed with the assistance of the University of Regina education students and Operation Lifesaver, a national rail safety organization involving various transportation, government and safety partners. The books have been regularly distributed by the ministry since 2005.
Saskatchewan's 10 shortline railways operate on about 1,700 kilometres (km) of provincially-regulated track. These provincial shortlines connect to about 7,100 km of federally-regulated rail lines in Saskatchewan.
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