Milford PD joins operation aimed at reducing deaths, injuries on rail lines

An express train speeds through the Greenwich Metro-North station in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, June 10, 2020. New York City has entered Phase 1 of reopening, and Metro-North has greatly expanded train service from Connecticut.

An express train speeds through the Greenwich Metro-North station in Greenwich, Conn. Wednesday, June 10, 2020. New York City has entered Phase 1 of reopening, and Metro-North has greatly expanded train service from Connecticut.

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MILFORD - The Milford Police Department is joining forces with law enforcement agencies across the country for “Operation Clear Track” — the single largest rail-safety law-enforcement initiative in the U.S.

The goal of Operation Clear Track and Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the importance of making safe choices near railroad tracks and trains.

Coordinated by Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Clear Track aims to reduce the approximately 2,000 serious injuries and deaths each year in the U.S. around railroad tracks and trains. The event is held during the annual observance of Rail Safety Week, which this year is Sept. 20-26 in North America.

“In the U.S., every three hours a vehicle or person is struck by a train,” Operation Lifesaver, Inc. Executive Director Rachel Maleh said. “Together we can help stop track tragedies.”

During Operation Clear Track, Milford police officers will report to high-incident railroad grade crossings in the City of Milford. Once onsite, law enforcement officials share safety tips and enforce crossing and trespassing laws as well as write citations and warnings to violators.

For more information about Rail Safety Week, Operation Clear Track, and other rail-safety initiatives and tips, visit www.oli.org.