For the Media
As a media professional, you need fast, accurate information concerning public safety, highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way. We're available to provide details about rail safety education and welcome your inquiries.
For news about Operation Lifesaver's activities or other rail safety information, visit our news page or email us at news[at]oli.org.
For additional Federal Railroad Administration information on highway-rail grade crossing safety and rail trespass prevention, go to: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0040. Click on FRA Trespassing Fact Sheet and FRA Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety Fact Sheet.
Resources for reporting on suicide-related rail incidents
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center to produce the following resources for state Operation Lifesaver programs and news media when reporting on incidents involving suicide:
Useful tips for effective reporting
This document reviews the important role that news media representatives play in reporting about rail incidents and offers guidelines for news media when reporting on suicide. Included are options for reporting that does not encourage copycat incidents and specific language to use in reporting on suicide.
This document is a customizable resource for Operation Lifesaver State Programs and partners that provides tips for interacting with the media when discussing a rail suicide or trespass incident. Included are key considerations, such as the use of appropriate terminology and offering available resources, as well as messaging Dos and Don’ts.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc. understands the importance of the news media’s role in helping the public make safe decisions around tracks and trains.
To request further information about Operation Lifesaver’s activities, or for additional safety information, email general[at]oli.org or contact our national headquarters office at 703-739-0308.
If you are a reporter seeking information for a local news story, view our list of state Operation Lifesaver program contacts.
If you are on deadline for a story and would like Operation Lifesaver, Inc.'s perspective on a highway-rail safety or trespass prevention topic, email news[at]oli.org
About Operation Lifesaver
Operation Lifesaver is a nonprofit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail crossings and trespassing on or near railroad tracks. Our team consists of nationwide network of volunteers who work to educate people about rail safety, state coordinators who lead the efforts in states across the U.S. and a national office in Washington, D.C., that supports state programs, develops education materials, and creates public awareness campaigns for audiences of all ages.
Operation Lifesaver, Inc.
425 Third Street SW, Suite 915
Washington, D.C. 20024
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