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 28 countries raising public awareness on the dangers of misbehaviour at level crossings.
Level crossing accidents account for only 1.2% of road deaths but 29% 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.
Due to the success of the first European Level Crossing Awareness Campaign (ELCAD) at national, European and international levels in 2009 it has been agreed that the fourth week of June in the years to come
The members particularly welcomed the active participation of Argentina and Israel amongst non-European partners in ELCAD 2009 and the support of Canada, South Africa and the United States and look forward further develop joint actions for the next event giving it a truly international dimension
- LX INFOS SPECIAL JUNE 2009
Press article relating to all actions undertaken by ELCAD partners all over Europe on the 25th June 2009.
- PRESS PACK FOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESS CONFERENCE ON 25th June 2009
Jürgen Menge Chairman European Level Crossing Forum (ELCF) To reduce the excessive number of level crossings accidents caused by road users and pedestrians, the road and rail sectors are working together to raise awareness of the risks of misbehaving around level crossings. This is the purpose of the ELCAD project in conjunction with 28 countries and a wide number of important stakeholders. There is a clear need to focus on educational measures and the promotion of safe behaviour.
- E-NEWS 147 ON ELCAD 2009
ARTICLE IN UIC E-NEWS ON THE ELCAD PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ON 25th June 2009