Operation Lifesaver Canada, Metrolinx release virtual-reality safety video

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A screenshot from Operation Lifesaver Canada's new video, as it looks without a virtual-reality headset.
Operation Lifesaver Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada’s Operation Lifesaver, in conjunction with Toronto-area commuter agency Metrolinx, has released a virtual-reality video aimed at increasing passenger safety awareness around rail lines. It is part of a “Look, Listen, Live” campaign launched in April.

The video, which can be viewed here, illustrates the dangers of failing to heed warning signs when crossing tracks. It is filmed from the point of view of a passenger who has just exited a commuter train. For those with a virtual reality headset, it will provide a three-dimensional, 360-degree view.

“Our message to rail passengers is simple: please obey railway warning signs and signals – they’re there to keep you safe. Failing to do so could have terrifying — or deadly — consequences,” Sarah Mayes, national director of Operation Lifesaver Canada, said in a press release. An Operation Lifesaver passenger safety tip sheet is available here.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada reports that 2017 saw 223 rail-related crossing and trespassing incidents in Canada, which killed 72 people and seriously injured another 44.

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