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Florida Operation Lifesaver

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									Florida Operation Lifesaver

      State Coordinator
     Gary Fitzpatrick, P.E.
What is Operation Lifesaver?

Operation Lifesaver is a Nationwide,
Nonprofit Public Awareness Program
Dedicated to reduce Collisions, Fatalities,
and Injuries at Highway-Rail Grade
Crossings and on Railroad property.
Florida OL Mission Statement
To end needless deaths and injuries at
Highway-Rail Grade crossings and on
railroad rights-of-way in Florida through
Education, Engineering and Enforcement.
      Regional Coordinators
The state is divided into
4 regions: Northwest,
Northeast, Central, and
South Florida.

A Regional Coordinators
in each area schedules
presentations for each
geographical region.
     Florida OL Presenters
Currently over 90 active Presenters
across the state. “Seasonal” Presenters
number 30+.

Target Audience is: School age Children,
Professional Drivers, School Bus
Operators, Drivers Educators, Law
Enforcement, Emergency Responders,
and Community Leaders.
    Florida OL Presenters
In 2005 the Operation Lifesaver message
was presented formally to audiences
totaling more than 58,800 people across
the state.

Approximately 3 times this number were
exposed to the Operation Lifesaver
safety message informally via safety
fairs, brochures, etc.
        Florida OL TSAW
Train Safety Awareness Week (TSAW)
proclaimed by Governor Bush during
April each year.

In 2005 over 1 million Floridians statewide
received exposure to OL message at rail-
highway crossings or through media blitz.
Public Service Announcements
Florida Operation Lifesaver airs Public
Service Announcements during Holidays
and Summer when school is over.

The PSA’s are aired on 57 radio stations
statewide and reach 3.5 million Floridians.
2005 Nationwide Incidents
3010 Collisions

355 Fatalities

970 Injuries
           Rail/Highway Incidents in Florida
               Reported Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Accidents Involving Motor Vehicles

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         300                                                                             Incidents
Number




         250                                                                             Fatalities
         200                                                                             Injuries

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         19 7
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         20 4
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         19




                                            Year
           Highway-Rail Grade Crossings:
                  Safety Trends

2000
1800
1600                     Rail X Hwy Volume x 1,000,000,000
1400
1200
1000
 800
 600                                                                                         Fatalities
 400
                                            Collisions X 10
 200
   0
    76

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                                                                                             20

                                                                                                    20
    Rail Crossing Incidents
Incidents
   2004 (108) – 2005 (104) =   (-3.7%)

Fatalities
   2004 (19) – 2005 (17) =     (-10.5%)

Injuries
    2004 (35) – 2005 (19) =    (-45.7%)
    Rail Trespass Incidents
Fatalities
   2004 (22) – 2005 (34) =    +54.5%

Injuries
    2004 (13) – 2005 (22) =   +69.2%
Florida Operation Lifesaver Goals
Focus on growing trespassing problem in
Florida. Utilize bi-lingual messages.

Saturate targeted schools with Operation
Lifesaver safety message.

Expand presentations to more diverse and
influential groups in multi-cultural
communities.
Florida Operation Lifesaver Goals
Strengthen Coalitions and Alliances with
other Safety Partners.

Implement a Safety Strategy that expands
Operation Lifesavers Role in the Local
Community.

								
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