People in the southeast may be familiar with trains but that doesn't mean we don't need to still take time and watch. It's Rail Safety Week this week and it's up to all of us to ensure that we stay safe around the tracks. 

"The goal of Rail Safety Week," explained Estevan MLA and Minister of Highways and Infrastructure, Lori Carr, "is to enhance public awareness of rail safety and reduce incidents related to trespassing and motor collisions at railroad crossings."

"In Estevan, we have really good railway crossings. They're all signed really well and they have the arms that come down. It's pretty good in our city."

However, in more rural areas, many crossings are only marked with a sign. Carr added that at those, and any crossings, extra attention needs to be paid.

"And that's the goal of Rail Safety Week, just to let people know that where there is a rail crossing, they really do need to pay attention."

There are 13 privately owned shortline railways in Saskatchewan and around 2,131 km of provincial rail line. 

READ MORE: You Won't Win Against a Train: Rail Safety Week Sept 23-29

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