Ohio OLI to Receive Grade Crossing Safety Grant

Ohio is among 15 states that have received part of the $219,000 in grant money awarded by Operation Lifesaver to fund grade-crossing safety education projects.

The grants will be used for public awareness campaigns and community events that deliver safety tips to target audiences, including motorists of all ages and professional drivers, OLI said in a news release.

“It is our hope that the grant projects in these states, as part of our U.S. Rail Safety Week efforts, will raise awareness of the need for caution near highway-rail grade crossings and help prevent families and communities from enduring the tragic crossing collisions that are far too frequent throughout the country,” said OLI President and CEO Bonnie Murphy.

The grants were awarded through a competitive bidding process. Other state OLI organizations receiving grants are located in California, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington and Wisconsin.

Selection was based on how OLI state organizations leverage federal funds with private partnerships, targeted messaging and the frequency of highway-rail collisions in their respective state.

The safety awareness projects will be presented in conjunction with OLI’s U.S. Rail Safety Week, Sept. 24-30.

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