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DuPage Railroad Safety Council Commended for Advocating Safety for 20 Years

Thu June 12, 2014

The DuPage County Board celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the DuPage Railroad Safety Council on May 27, 2014, and commended its members for their continued outreach to educate and improve railroad conditions for the community.

The DuPage Railroad Safety Council (DRSC) was founded in 1996 by Dr. Lanny Wilson, Vice President of the DuPage County Board of Health, and is comprised of railroad and government officials, engineers, educators and private citizens who advocate for increased railroad safety measures.  

Dr. Wilson created the DRSC with a mission of preventing deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railways. During the past 20 years, DRSC has had many success stories and has played a crucial role in increasing safety through the construction of pedestrian overpasses and underpasses in the towns of Winfield, Wheaton, Ravinia Park and Western Springs. "Dr. Wilson has been instrumental in the creation and success of the DuPage Railroad Safety Council and the Board of Health thanks him for his continuing efforts on this important safety issue," said Linda Kurzawa, Board of Health President.

The DRSC has also implemented other important safety measures such as the Photo Enforcement Pilot Program and train warning systems, in addition to creating railroad safety video tapes for driver's education classes. Future plans for the DRSC include more community events to raise rail safety awareness and work with railroads and government officials to identify new technologies and policies that will make railways safer.

For more information on the DuPage Railroad Safety Council, visit www.drsc.org

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