A CN Rail train travels through Williams Lake Feb. 5. Angie Mindus photo

CN Police will be patrolling Quesnel area

The CN Police Service reminds people trespassing on railway tracks is illegal

The CN Police Service is reminding the public not to trespass on railway tracks or property.

The CN Police Service, which says it will soon be on patrol in our community, reminds people to be aware of their surroundings, look and listen.

In 2017, more than 222 accidents associated with railway tracks and property occurred in Canada, resulting in 72 fatalities and 44 serious injuries, according to the CN Police

“Trespassing on railway tracks/property is not only dangerous (as it can result in significant risk of injury and death), but it is illegal,” the CN Police Service states in a press release.

Under the Railway Safety Act of Canada, it is an offense for any person to trespass on railway property, and trespassing can result in a fine of $115.

The CN Police offer the following safety tips:

• only cross railway tracks as designated public/pedestrian crossings

• obey the railway crossing control devices and do not attempt to beat the train

• before walking across any railway crossing, look both ways, listen and only proceed over the crossing when it is safe to do so

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