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In Canada, Operation Lifesaver unveils 'classroom on wheels' to deliver safety message


On Sept. 17, Operation Lifesaver (OLI) launched a cross-Canada campaign to promote public safety with a new educational vehicle.

The Operation Lifesaver Educational Vehicle (LEV) is OLI's newest tool in a national effort to reduce crossing collisions and trespassing along Canada's railways.

Designed to serve as a classroom on wheels, OLEV will be fully outfitted with the educational material and interactive technology OLI currently uses to help get its message out to the public. The vehicle features wireless high-speed Internet service, and is equipped with DVD and CD players, a laptop train simulator and a projector for use at outside events.

Emblazoned with the red lettering of OLI's slogan "Look, Listen and Live," OLEV will be ready to roll into venues across Canada this fall.

"OLEV will give us the ability to give extra attention to areas and venues across the country that may not have had full exposure to Operation Lifesaver's safety campaign," said Dan Di Tota, OLI's national director, in a prepared statement.

The vehicle's sponsors include the Railway Association of Canada, Transport Canada, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway, 3M Co., VIA Rail and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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