ILCAD 2013

[image_frame style=“framed_shadow” align=“left” alt=”” title=“ILCAD 2013” height=“180” width=“250”]‑1–2‑3c98a.jpg[/image_frame]5th edi­tion of ILCAD hos­ted by UNECE in the fra­mework of the 2nd Uni­ted Nations Glo­bal Road Safe­ty Week, Palais des Nations, Room VIII, Gene­va 7 May 2013

(Paris/Genève, 30th April 2013) On 7 May UNECE, UIC and key part­ners are orga­nizing the 5th Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day (ILCAD) focu­sing on educa­tio­nal measu­res and the pro­mo­tion of safe beha­viour at and around level cros­sings. A ran­ge of natio­nal events will be held in more than 42 count­ries, joint­ly at various loca­tions with the com­mon ILCAD mes­sa­ge “Act safely at level cros­sings!”, In addi­tion, regu­lar acti­vi­ti­es are held throug­hout the year in each count­ry.

From 10:00 to 13:00 on 7 May, an inter­na­tio­nal press con­fe­rence and round­tab­le discus­sion will emp­ha­size the impor­tance of road safe­ty at level cros­sings.

Eva Mol­nar, UNECE, Direc­tor, Trans­port Divi­sion said: “When road-rail cras­hes occur, they often result in the tra­gic loss of life; some­ti­mes more than one per­son and often from the same com­mu­nity that might never reco­ver from the loss. Such tra­ge­dy is hard to deal with as it is likely that it could have been pre­ven­ted. From time imme­mo­rial, when peo­ple have come toget­her to form socie­ti­es they have attemp­ted to crea­te con­di­tions under which citizens can thri­ve, adop­ting rules and crea­ting ins­ti­tu­tions for their pro­tec­tion. The pre­ven­tion of road acci­dents is as much the res­pon­si­bi­lity of society as it is of the indi­vi­dual. At the Inland Trans­port Com­mit­tee ser­viced by UNECE, and in par­ticu­lar at our Road Safe­ty Forum, we have a sound legal basis from which we can build when imp­ro­ving safe­ty at level cros­sings, in coo­pe­ra­tion with ILCAD (Con­ven­tion on Road Traf­fic, Vien­na 1968; The Euro­pean Agree­ment supp­le­men­ting the Con­ven­tion; The Con­so­li­da­ted Reso­lu­tions on Road Traf­fic and on Road Signs and Sig­nals ; The Con­ven­tion on Road Signs and Sig­nals, Vien­na 1968). All players toget­her we can make a chan­ge!”

Alan Davies, RSSB, Chair­man of the Euro­pean Level Cros­sing Forum (ELCF) added: “The num­ber of peo­ple kil­led on the roads of the Euro­pean Union has come down by 50% in the last twel­ve years. But the­re are still hund­reds kil­led at level cros­sings each year. The majo­rity of tho­se are becau­se of incor­rect use of level cros­sings, by pedest­rians, cyc­lists and moto­rists. Peo­ple need to be awa­re of the con­sequences of mis­be­ha­viour so that they will use cros­sings pro­per­ly and safely. ILCAD brings toget­her road and rail safe­ty experts with a strong com­mit­ment to reduce acci­dents and fata­li­ti­es at level cros­sings.”

Jean-Pier­re Loubi­noux, UIC, Direc­tor Gene­ral said: “UIC is hap­py to have coor­di­na­ted such an inter­na­tio­nal event like ILCAD for 5 years now, gat­he­ring so many count­ries, part­ners from diffe­rent sec­tors worl­dwi­de and is par­ticu­lar­ly proud to be sup­por­ted and hos­ted by a recog­nized ins­ti­tu­tion like UNECE today.”

The ILCAD events will be int­ro­duced joint­ly by Eva Mol­nar, Direc­tor of the UNECE Trans­port Divi­sion, Jerzy Wis­niews­ki, Direc­tor of the UIC Fun­da­men­tal Values Depart­ment and Alan Davies, RSSB, Chair­man of the Euro­pean Level Cros­sing Forum (ELCF).

Key spea­kers from various count­ries will deba­te on the three Es: Engi­nee­ring, Enforce­ment and Educa­tion aiming at imp­ro­ving safe­ty at level cros­sings: Esto­nia, Greece, India, Italy, Switzer­land, U.K.

Side events will inc­lu­de a pos­ter sig­ning cere­mony and conc­lu­de with the ope­ning of an exhi­bi­tion fea­tu­ring: ent­ries from an inter­na­tio­nal children’s drawing con­test on safe­ty at level cros­sings, pos­ters made by UIC for ILCAD part­ners’ needs and other pos­ters issu­ed by ILCAD part­ners from various count­ries on the 5 con­ti­nents for their own cam­paigns.

The prog­ram­me of the various events as well as regist­ra­tion details may be obtai­ned at ple­ase visit also the ILCAD dedica­ted web­si­te

Did you know?

  •  Accor­ding to the Euro­pean Railway Agency (ERA): 304 peo­ple died at level cros­sings in 2011, these are still 304 too many! They rep­re­sent 30% of all railway fata­li­ti­es in the EU aga­inst 1.2% road fata­li­ti­es, a minor prob­lem for the road but a huge prob­lem for the railways.
  • Almost 98% of all acci­dents at level cros­sings (at least in Euro­pe) are cau­sed by the misu­se of road users and pedest­rians who do not res­pect traf­fic signs and sig­nals. These peo­ple usu­al­ly live and work near level cros­sings.
  • When a train runs at 90 km/h, it takes up to 1200 metres to stop, depen­ding on the weightof the train. A car tra­vel­ling at 100 km/hr takes 80 metres to stop.
  • Accor­ding to the French railway inf­rastruc­tu­re Mana­ger, Rése­au Fer­ré de France (RFF): 50% of car col­li­sions between a train and a car lead to a fata­lity: only 5% when it is a “typical road accident”.Note to edi­tors:
  • Gene­ral Assemb­ly reso­lu­tion 66/260 of May 2012 reques­ted the Uni­ted Nations Regio­nal Com­mis­sions to orga­nize acti­vi­ti­es to rai­se awa­re­ness about road safe­ty issu­es during the Uni­ted Nations Glo­bal Road Safe­ty Week to be held on 6–12 May 2013.
  •  ILCAD is spear­hea­ded by the Inter­na­tio­nal Union of Railways with the sup­port of the railway com­mu­nity (CER, EIM, railways…) and orga­niza­tions like ETSC and Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver, around the world to rai­se awa­re­ness among road users of the risks at level cros­sings.
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