The purpose of this campaign is because, when compared to other rail operational statistics, too many people die or are injured in accidents at level crossings. These however are in the majority of cases due to misuse by motorists and pedestrians, whilst the popular misconception is that these fatal accidents are a railway problem. Conferences on the issue show that the only really effective way to decrease the number of accidents, short of closing all level crossings, is education, highlighting the risks and making people aware of the potential consequences if they do not follow the simple rules of the road.
Running under the motto “Act safely at level crossings” the railway community, in conjunction with a small but rising number of road sector organisations as well as the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), has established the ILCAD campaign to raise awareness among road users and pedestrians of the risks at level crossings and to change their behaviour. More than 40 countries around the world have previously been engaged in ILCAD. You can join free of charge as all activity is on a purely collaborative basis.
Building on the successes of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 campaigns, the ILCAD 2012 (International Level Crossing Awareness Day) will focus on the principle date: 7 June 2012. In June 2012 we are aiming at even more partners, being able to reach an even wider audience of potential level crossing users.
So join us and help the railway community to reduce this level of operational risk that we face at the interface with the road sector.
For more information on the past campaign please visit the dedicated website: http://www.ilcad.org
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- the ILCAD Blog: http://www.ilcad.org/blog where news and information on the ILCAD partners will be published daily throughout December.