Traditionally every year in early June The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is marked.
This year’s 13th ILCAD conference was held online on June 10 with the main theme “Distraction” and the motto “Distraction Kills!”. Smartphones and other electronic devices, as well as stress, fatigue, multi-tasking and other factors, are often responsible for distractions. The main topics at the conference were how to find the best ways to make people aware of safety risks and what technologies could help educate people, raise awareness and ultimately prevent accidents at level crossings.
The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) is a worldwide initiative to improve awareness of level crossing safety. The campaign has been spearheaded by the UIC, the worldwide railway organisation with the support of the railway community around the world.
Level crossing accidents account for only 1% of road deaths, but 28% 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.