Russian Railways takes part in International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD)
The international railway community, together with the Commission of the European
Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, declared International
Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) on 7 June 2018 in order to prevent accidents
at railway crossings.
OJSC Russian Railways has taken part in the ILCAD.
The Company carries out a lot of explanatory and preventive work aimed at reducing
the number of accidents at railway crossings.
Measures to prevent accidents at railway crossings are implemented across the entire
rail network. Railway staff visit crossings with handouts, talk to students at driving
schools and give lectures at car enterprises.
Together with representatives of regional traffic police departments and public
organisations, they also hold preventive talks with public transport drivers.
In cooperation with traffic police units, they have installed information boards
with materials for improving traffic safety at the approaches to railway crossings
and in crowded places, organised master classes and flash mobs and encouraged drivers
to comply with the rules of the road at level crossings.
Russian Railways urges drivers to be vigilant when negotiating level crossings.
A train or a locomotive cannot be stopped instantaneously – stopping distances
range from tens to hundreds of metres.
In the first five months of 2018, the number of casualties from collisions at level
crossings fell to 62, a decrease of 20% compared to the figure of the previous year,
when there were 77.
At the same time, the number of deaths as a result of collisions increased by 11%,
from 19 to 21.