ILCAD 2015 — Take your time, don’t risk your life!

Press rele­ase:

Launch by UIC and TCDD of the 7th edi­tion of ILCAD, Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day, 3 June 2015, Istanbul, Tur­key

(Paris, 2 June 2015)– On 3 June, the UIC, the inter­na­tio­nal rail com­mu­nity and many part­ners from the road sec­tor as well as a num­ber of inter­na­tio­nal ins­ti­tu­tions will be hol­ding the 7th edi­tion of Inter­na­tio­nal Level Cros­sing Awa­re­ness Day (ILCAD: www.ilcad.org).

As in pre­vious years, many count­ries will be par­tici­pa­ting in this glo­bal event, eit­her by relaying it on their web­si­tes or on social media, or by orga­ni­sing a ran­ge of acti­vi­ti­es around 3 June. The part­ners in ILCAD will be focu­sing in par­ticu­lar on safe­ty at level cros­sings, but some will also make the most of the oppor­tu­nity to rai­se pub­lic awa­re­ness of other dan­gers such as cros­sing railway lines whe­re it is strict­ly for­bid­den to do so, or safe­ty on sta­tion plat­forms.

Each year, the ILCAD part­ners choo­se a diffe­rent sec­tion of the pub­lic for their awa­re­ness cam­paign and this year they have deci­ded to focus on pedest­rians and cyc­lists.

Almost all col­li­sions on level cros­sings result due to the actions of the road users, but inc­reasing­ly also due to pedest­rians and cyc­lists. Beha­viour such as fai­ling to res­pect the hig­hway code, lap­ses in concent­ra­tion, habit, fear of arri­ving late for school, work or an appoint­ment, lack of awa­re­ness of the risks are all invol­ved. Such beha­viour which fails to take safe­ty adequa­tely into account, leads level cros­sing users to act reck­less­ly, lea­ding to seve­re inju­ries or even loss of life. They can put the lives of others at risk, whet­her tho­se tra­vel­ling in their vehic­les, or rail staff and pas­sen­gers.

Pedest­rians who pass under or over the bar­riers at level cros­sings to save time, or cyc­lists who ille­gal­ly zig-zag round the half bar­riers may some­ti­mes allow a first train to pass but fail to expect anot­her coming from the other direc­tion and are struck by it.

To pro­mo­te the awa­re­ness of these pedest­rians and cyc­lists who inf­rin­ge the law or who are obli­vious of the risks they are run­ning, we have pro­duced a new 1‑mi­nu­te-video and some pos­ters. These pos­ters were made with pedest­rians and cyc­lists in mind, but will be use­ful as a remin­der to all users in a hur­ry, dist­rac­ted by modern tech­no­lo­gy (mobi­le pho­nes, head­pho­nes, sat nav, etc.), stres­sed by modern-day life. These are the peo­ple who do not res­pect road signs and take unneces­sary risks by cros­sing the tracks when the light is flas­hing or even when the bar­riers are down announcing the arri­val of a train.

This is a social phe­no­me­non seen throug­hout the world. Indeed, the num­ber of col­li­sions on roads and level cros­sings lin­ked to inc­reased use of new tech­no­lo­gy or the wea­ring of head­sets or earp­ho­nes has inc­reased in many count­ries.

Our acci­dent-pre­ven­tion mes­sa­ge for 2015 “Take your time, don’t risk your life!”  is for eve­ryo­ne. What is a minu­te in a life­ti­me?



Did you know?

As each year, the inter­na­tio­nal con­fe­rence which official­ly launc­hes this worl­dwi­de event will be hos­ted by a part­ner. This year on 3 June, we will be welco­med by Tur­kish Railways (TCDD) in Istanbul, in the mag­ni­ficent Hay­dar­paṣa Sta­tion buil­ding, on the Asi­an side of Istanbul.

Venues of past events:

  • In 2009 at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in Brus­sels
  • In 2010 at the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in Brus­sels and at INFRABEL in Bel­gium
  • In 2011 at PKP PLK in War­saw, Poland
  • In 2012 at RFF in Paris, France
  • In 2013 at UNECE in Gene­va, Switzer­land
  • In 2014 at REFER in Lis­bon, Por­tu­gal

43 count­ries took part last year

New par­tici­pant for 2015: Japan with JR East and JR West

Some sta­tis­tics:

  • In 2012: about 600 000 level cros­sings in the world; 114 000 LCs in the EU
  • Accor­ding to ERA’s safe­ty report (2010–2012) http://www.era.europa.eu : a graph “Sha­re of fata­li­ti­es for level cros­sing (LC) acci­dents out of all other railway and road acci­dents” shows: 29% for railways, 1% for the road. Pedest­rians rep­re­sent about 40% of the peo­ple kil­led at level cros­sings.

Examp­les of Gui­des to Good Prac­tice for road users (pro­fes­sio­nal dri­vers, moto­rists, etc.) and pedest­rians and cyc­lists, to pro­mo­te awa­re­ness of the dan­gers at and near level cros­sings, as well as along the tracks and in sta­tions

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