Railway Safety Week 2015

Press Rele­ase:

The railway safe­ty cam­paign “Take off your head­pho­nes and let the train pass!“ reminds peo­ple that wea­ring head­pho­nes whi­le cros­sing railways makes you con­si­de­rab­ly less atten­ti­ve to what is hap­pe­ning around you.

Take off your headphones and let the train pass!

The nation-wide railway safe­ty week will be held in Esto­nia on April 27 – May 3, 2015 with the mes­sa­ge “Take off your head­pho­nes and let the train pass!“ One of the objec­ti­ves of the cam­paign is to launch a discus­sion about the dan­gers rela­ted to wea­ring head­pho­nes in traf­fic.

The cam­paign is orga­ni­sed by the non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­tion Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia in coo­pe­ra­tion with the Esto­nian Tech­nical Sur­veil­lance Aut­ho­rity, the Police and Bor­der Guard Board, the Road Admi­nist­ra­tion and the Rescue Board.

“Wea­ring head­pho­nes in traf­fic has beco­me as usual and rou­ti­ne as spen­ding time in the social media“, explai­ned Tamo Vahe­mets, Chair­man of Ope­ra­tion Life­sa­ver Esto­nia (OLE). ”The peo­ple lis­te­ning to music and wea­ring head­pho­nes on the street place them­sel­ves into a bubb­le – they lose their abi­lity to notice the peo­ple and envi­ron­ment around them. The precon­di­tion for cros­sing railway safely is being pre­sent with all your sen­ses.”

“The pur­po­se of our cam­paign is to launch in the society a discus­sion about the risks rela­ted to wea­ring head­pho­nes. Today, it is natu­ral for the motor vehic­le users to fas­ten seat­belts whi­le riding in a car. They know that this mini­mises their risks in the event of a pos­sib­le col­li­sion. The peo­ple wea­ring head­pho­nes beha­ve in the oppo­si­te man­ner. Whi­le lis­te­ning to the music on streets, they lose their abi­lity to notice other road users. They do not hear trains’ sound sig­nals, not to men­tion the ver­bal war­nings given by other peo­ple“, explai­ned Vahe­mets. “The loco­mo­ti­ve dri­vers can­not stop quick­ly or chan­ge the train rou­te. They give sound sig­nals but they may not reach the peo­ple lis­te­ning to loud music“.

Anvar Salo­mets, Depu­ty Direc­tor Gene­ral of the Tech­nical Sur­veil­lance Aut­ho­rity said that the cau­se of railway acci­dents con­ti­nues to be neg­li­gence and vio­la­tion of traf­fic regu­la­tion. ”The num­ber of peo­ple hit by trains has been wor­rying­ly lar­ge in the recent years and the main rea­son for that has been neg­li­gence. The majo­rity of the acci­dents occur­red becau­se peo­ple did not notice trains due to some dis­tur­bing fac­tors – lis­te­ning to music through head­pho­nes, tal­king on pho­ne or cros­sing railway on bike. Dan­ge­rous situa­tions on railways can­not be pre­ven­ted as long as the road users do not recog­ni­se that railways are safe only if peo­ple are atten­ti­ve and care­ful.”

During the tenth Railway Safe­ty Week, cam­paign pos­ters are dis­played in Esto­nian towns, safe­ty com­mercials are played in shop­ping malls and pub­lic trans­port vehic­les, and railway safe­ty pre­sen­ta­tions will be orga­ni­sed in schools.

The key event of the Railway Safe­ty Week is the gra­ti­tu­de event orga­ni­sed on April 29 whe­re Han­no Pev­kur, the Minis­ter of Inte­rior of Esto­nia, recog­ni­ses the per­sons and orga­ni­sa­tions dea­ling with pro­mo­ting railway safe­ty. The “Gol­den Level Cros­sing Gates” award will be pre­sen­ted to the most valuab­le sup­por­ter of volun­teer railway safe­ty acti­vi­ti­es in 2014.


Addi­tio­nal infor­ma­tion:
Tamo Vahe­mets,
Chair­man of Mana­ge­ment Board – CEO of OLE
E‑mail: tamo@operationlifesaver.eu
Tel: +372 504 5112