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April 28, 2008 05:59 ET

CN Police pledge Zero Tolerance for trespassers as fatalities remain high

Rail Safety Week starts today

HOMEWOOD, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - April 28, 2008) - Marking the launch of Rail Safety Week from April 28 to May 4, 2008, CN (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) announced today that it will enforce a strict Zero Tolerance policy toward all those who trespass on railroad property. CN Police officers will be out in full force this week, conducting their annual safety blitz operations at highway/railroad crossings in about 150 locations across the United States and Canada, alerting motorists to the importance of safety at crossings and cautioning them about the serious risks and dire consequences of trespassing.

Statistics reveal that trespassing incidents resulted in 486 fatalities last year in the United States, in line with a yearly average of 497 over the past decade. Meanwhile fatalities due to crossing collisions for 2007 were down to 339, significantly lower than the average of 393 for the previous 10 years, which reflects a steady improvement in safety at highway/railroad crossings. Statistics also show that more than 50 per cent of trespassing incidents result in death.(1) The general trend for trespassing is totally unacceptable according to CN.

CN Police Chief Bobby Walker said: "This is a matter of life and death. When people trespass on railroad property, they take risks that can result in serious injuries and fatalities. CN Police are taking action. Anyone found trespassing on railroad property may be prosecuted. Over the years, we've seen it all. Trespassers are putting their lives on our line. Now, we have to stop it. It's Zero Tolerance for trespassers."

Trespassing includes walking, playing or running on or beside railroad tracks; driving a bike, a car, an ATV, a snowmobile or any other vehicle on or beside railroad tracks; taking a shortcut across railroad tracks or railroad property; and entering railroad yards at any time. (See link for photos below.)

CN has been promoting railroad safety for more than 25 years through its All Aboard for Safety community education program. Every year, CN Police officers make hundreds of All Aboard for Safety presentations and talk to more than 300,000 children and adults at schools and community events in the United States and Canada about the importance of safety and the dangers of walking and playing on or near railroad tracks. Part of the strength of this program is the collaborative relationship with major community safety partners: Operation Lifesaver, Safe Kids USA, Safe Communities America and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

(1) Statistics: Federal Railroad Administration

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca


Link to photos: www.newscanada.com/default.asp?pagename=media&content=getcontent&type=pr&articleID=cn_images





For more information on the safety blitz locations in your area, see the list below.








Safety Blitz Locations

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City Crossing location Date Time
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ILLINOIS
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Champaign University of Illinois May 1 09:00 - 14:00
campus
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Franklin Park METRA Station May 2 16:30 - 18:30
25th Street and Belmont
Avenue
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Schiller Park METRA Station May 2 06:30 - 08:30
Ruby and Leland Streets
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University Park Stunkel Road Apr. 28 09:00 - 10:00
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University Park Stunkel Road Apr. 28 16:00 - 17:00
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University Park Stunkel Road Apr. 29 13:00 - 14:00
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City Crossing location Date Time
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INDIANA
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Valparaiso Sturdy Road Apr. 30 10:00 - 11:30
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Valparaiso Sturdy Road May 1 15:00 - 17:00
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IOWA
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Dubuque Jones Street Apr. 29 08:00 - 09:30
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Dubuque Jones Street Apr. 29 09:00 - 10:30
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Dubuque 5th Street Apr. 29 09:45 - 12:00
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Dubuque 5th Street Apr. 29 12:00 - 14:00
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City Crossing location Date Time
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LOUISIANA
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Baton Rouge Chocktaw Street May 1 10:00 - 1:00
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Hammond Old Covington Apr. 29 10:00 - 1:00
Highway
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LaPlace Cardinal Street Apr. 30 10:00 - 1:00
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City Crossing location Date Time
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MICHIGAN
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Clinton Township Little Mack Avenue and Apr. 29 09:00 - 10:00
Rudgate Way
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Flat Rock Verrland Street and Apr. 28 15:00 - 16:00
Hall Road
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Royal Oak Centre and East Fourth Apr. 29 09:00 - 10:00
Streets
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MISSISSIPPI
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Jackson Mitchell Street Apr. 29 10:00 - 1:00
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Ridgeland Cottonwood Drive Apr. 30 10:00 - 1:00
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PENNSYLVANIA
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Butler Center and Etna Streets Apr. 29 10:00 - 11:00
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TENNESSEE
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Memphis Fite Road Apr. 29 10:00 - 11:00
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Memphis Beltz Avenue Apr. 30 10:00 - 11:00
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Memphis Rivergate Drive and River- May 1 10:00 - 11:00
port Road
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WISCONSIN
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Manitowoc Custer Street May 2 11:00 - 13:00
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Marinette Roosevelt Road Apr. 29 11:00 - 13:00
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Solon Springs County Highway A and Apr. 28 12:00 - 13:15
Business Highway 53
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Stanberry County Highway M Apr. 29 13:00 - 14:30
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Wausau River Drive May 1 11:00 - 13:00
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