"Operation Lifesaver does have a rail safety program more geared toward the CTA, but they haven't embraced it," said Chip Pew, state coordinator with Operation Lifesaver and a railroad safety specialist at the Illinois Commerce Commission. "I think it's great the CTA is now going to embrace safety on a more visible front."
Pew said conducting educational safety outreach at, say, the CTA Red Line Addison station near Wrigley Field "would be an ideal place to get out the message that if you are not in the path of a CTA train, nothing bad happens."
Data show that individuals engaging in risky behavior by entering rail right of ways are mostly men ages 20 to 50, Pew said.
"The largest segment is not kids, which I think is contradictory to what the public would view," Pew said. "It's the parents of the kids who are setting a bad example by showing their children that trespassing on the tracks is not a big deal."
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