PRESS RELEASE ILCAD 2010

“Act safely at level cros­sings!”
Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day (ILCAD) on 22 June 2010

(Paris/Brussels, 21 June 2010) Des­pi­te all the measu­res taken to indica­te the pre­sence of level cros­sings and make them safe, too many road users and pedest­rians are kil­led or inju­red at such cros­sings each year right around the world.

Almost all acci­dents at level cros­sing are due to road users fai­ling to obser­ve man­da­tory stop lights, sig­nals and basic traf­fic safe­ty rules. Cont­rary to what is gene­ral­ly thought, most acci­dents invol­ve “regu­lars”, in par­ticu­lar tho­se living near and/or making regu­lar use of a level-cros­sing, as fami­liarity habit makes them less care­ful or more reck­less, which may pro­ve fatal.

In order to reduce these acci­dents, count­ries are making efforts to remo­ve level cros­sings. This is, howe­ver, a long-term underta­king becau­se the­re are still hund­reds of thousands of level cros­sings in the world and remo­ving them invol­ves huge costs and rela­ti­vely long study and imp­le­men­ta­tion times. This is why educa­tion remains key and impe­ra­ti­ve to reduce level cros­sing acci­dents. The­re­fo­re, the rail and road sec­tors in more than 45 count­ries worl­dwi­de are orga­ni­sing toget­her an Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day (ILCAD), tomor­row, on 22nd June 2010, to make peo­ple unders­tand that these acci­dents could be avoi­ded if they obey the traf­fic rules and to add­ress the ques­tion of mis­be­ha­viour at and around level cros­sings.

The Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day focu­ses on educa­tio­nal measu­res and the pro­mo­tion of safe beha­viour at and around level cros­sings. It is built on exis­ting natio­nal events which will be held joint­ly at various loca­tions in eve­ry par­tici­pa­ting count­ry and const­ruc­ted around the com­mon mes­sa­ge “Act safely at level cros­sings!” In addi­tion to regu­lar or per­ma­nent acti­vi­ti­es held throug­hout the year, many special com­mu­nica­tions actions have been plan­ned across the 5 con­ti­nents: flyers han­ded out at level cros­sings, in schools, dri­ving schools, scou­ting clubs etc., pos­ters will be dis­played in railway sta­tions and other cent­ral places, special mes­sa­ges will be broadcast on radio and tele­vi­sion, press con­fe­rences will be orga­ni­sed with natio­nal and local press.

The pro­ject invol­ves the road sec­tor, govern­men­tal agencies, railway underta­kings, rail inf­rastruc­tu­re mana­gers, police forces, non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­tions dea­ling with railway safe­ty educa­tion, from over 45 count­ries as well as Euro­pean and Inter­na­tio­nal rail orga­ni­sa­tions (CER, EIM, UIC), Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver, the Euro­pean Trans­port Safe­ty Council (ETSC), the Euro­pean Level Cros­sing Forum (ELCF), the Euro­pean Railway Agency (ERA) and the UN-ECE Trans­port Divi­sion. This year the Latin Ame­rican Railway Associa­tion (ALAF) and the Aust­ra­la­si­an Railway Associa­tion (ARA) also join the Cam­paign.
The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion par­tici­pa­tes acti­vely in the ILCAD Cam­paign. DG Move (Road Safe­ty) of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Mobi­lity and Trans­port orga­ni­sed a works­hop in April 2010 on level cros­sing safe­ty and financed a pan-Euro­pean video clip cal­led “Just in time” direc­ted at road users and pedest­rians desig­ned to comp­le­ment the natio­nal acti­vi­ti­es in the par­tici­pa­ting count­ries.

You can find detai­led infor­ma­tion on good prac­tices and educa­tio­nal mate­rial desig­ned to hig­h­light the issue of mis­be­ha­viour at and around level cros­sings by con­sul­ting the dedica­ted web­si­te for level cros­sing issu­es at www.levelcrossing.net and educa­tio­nal mate­rial at www.ilcad.org

 

 

Note to edi­tor:

The Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day is a joint com­mit­ment con­ti­nuing from the success of the first Euro­pean Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day held on 25th June 2009 in 27 count­ries raising pub­lic awa­re­ness on the dan­gers of mis­be­ha­viour at level cros­sings.

Level cros­sing acci­dents account for only 2% of road deat­hs but a third of all rail fata­li­ti­es based on Euro­pean sta­tis­tics. Road and rail orga­ni­sa­tions from par­tici­pa­ting count­ries ack­now­led­ged their sha­red res­pon­si­bi­lity to deal with this issue by orga­ni­sing safe­ty events to deve­lop pub­lic awa­re­ness and safe beha­viour at and around level cros­sings. Addi­tio­nal­ly, many of them have sig­ned the Euro­pean Road Safe­ty Char­ter which is an ini­tia­ti­ve of the Euro­pean Union. The Char­ter has the objec­ti­ve of deve­loping conc­re­te actions, asses­sing results and furt­her heigh­tening awa­re­ness about the need to reduce traf­fic acci­dents and fata­li­ti­es through the exc­han­ge of best prac­tices in traf­fic safe­ty in Euro­pe, whi­le adding a Euro­pean dimen­sion to indi­vi­dual or col­lec­ti­ve ini­tia­ti­ves.
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For more infor­ma­tion on this inter­na­tio­nal coor­di­na­ted ini­tia­ti­ve:

Inter­na­tio­nal Union of Railways (UIC)
Isa­bel­le Fon­ver­ne
Pro­jects Officer, Safe­ty & Inte­ro­pe­ra­bi­lity
T: + 33 1 44 49 20 91
e‑mail: fonverne@uic.org

Lies­beth de Jong
UIC Press Rela­tions
T: + 33 1 44 49 20 53
e‑mail: dejong@uic.org

Com­mu­nity of Euro­pean Railway and Inf­rastruc­tu­re Com­pa­nies (CER)
Eva Böck­le
CER Press & Com­mu­nica­tions Mana­ger
T: + 32 2 213 08 90
e‑mail: Eva.Boeckle@cer.be

Euro­pean Rail Inf­rastruc­tu­re Mana­gers (EIM)
Joha­na Gro­ho­va
EIM Pub­lic Affairs Mana­ger
T: + 32 2 234 37 70
e‑mail: Johana.Grohova@eimrail.org

Euro­pean Level Cros­sing Forum (ELCF)
Alan Davies
Chair­man
T: +44 20 3142 5371
e‑mail: alan.davies@rssb.co.uk

Euro­pean Trans­port Safe­ty Council (ETSC)
Ilyas Daoud
Pro­ject Officer
T: + 32 2 230 41 06
e‑mail: ilyas.daoud@etsc.eu

Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver (OL)
Tamo Vahe­mets (OL Esto­nia)
Chair­man of the Mana­ge­ment Board
T: + 00 37 2 50 45 112
e‑mail: tamo@operationlifesaver.eu