Geneva, Switzerland: ILCAD launch event gains stature with UN participation

30 Apr

LXinfoImage569-ilcad=englishOn May 7th, 2013 The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), International Union of Railways (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 safetly at level crossings”. In addition, regular activities are held throughout the year in each country.

From 10.00 to 13.00 on May 7th, 2013, 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. Butthere 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, United Kingdom. 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 http://www.unece.org/trans/roadsafe/2nd_grs_week/programme.html

 

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