International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020: Importance date, theme, History of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, Special quotes

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020: International Level Crossing Awareness Day has celebrated annually on June 7. The day is marked by the International Union of Railways with the collaboration of railway communities around the world. The day is celebrated to create awareness to the people on road and rail safety. Go through the article to know the International Level Crossing Awareness day 2020 theme, important dates & days history, importance, quotes, and more.

Updated: Jun 09, 2020 17:48 IST

International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020: Importance date, theme, History of International Level Crossing Awareness Day, Special quotes


International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020

The International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign is celebrated on June 7 every year since 2009. The day was observed by the International Union of Railways (UIC) in partnership with railway communities around the world. 
To raise awareness among the people on the risk at the level crossing, the day is celebrated. The International Level Crossing Awareness Day aims at the importance of safety at level crossings. A level crossing is an intersection between a road and a rail. This day is celebrated to raise awareness on level crossing safety. The International level crossing awareness day was begun after the successful reduction of level crossing accidents in Europe. This day brings a lot of changes at and around the level crossing. 

What is Level Crossing?

Level Crossing is an interface between the road and rail infrastructure. Typically a point where rail track and road intersect.  The road and the track are not separated by using a bridge or a tunnel. Generally, level crossing signs will be placed to indicate the crossing. People should act safe while crossing the road. Many people have lost their lives at level crossing due to carelessness.

Why is the International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020 observed?

According to European Statistics, International Level crossing causes 29% of rail fatalities and only 1.2% of road deaths. Global freight and passenger traffic both rail and road have increased in recent decades. Using level crossing is safe as long as users cross properly. In level crossing, trains have priority, road traffic needs to wait. Road users and pedestrians must comply. This day aimed at making the road users and pedestrians aware of the dangers at and around the level crossings. People should notice the dangers of misbehaviour at a level crossing and should prevent collision arising from misuse or inappropriate behaviour.

What is the International Level Crossing Day 2020 Theme?

The theme for International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020 is ‘‘Beware the bubble’’. This theme is selected to mention the importance of avoiding misbehaviour at the level crossing. People should understand how their misbehaviour affects other people while interacting at the level crossing. People should understand when they risk being in their bubble, so they can burst it and see the dangers and risks. The theme fit for all kinds of level crossings such as people crossing by looking at their handsets, running something in their mind, or people may be distracted by their daily life. These activities are also considered as misbehaviour or risk-takers.

What is the importance of International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2020?

International Level Crossing Awareness Day is marked as an important event. This will bring attention to follow traffic rules and regulations. This will prevent the high number of pedestrian-train collisions that happen when people trespass on railroad property. 
People walking along a rail line is dangerous and illegal. According to the International Union of Railways statistics, there were 439 collisions at level crossings in Europe, of which 75% involved road vehicles. And there were 25% of all significant railway accidents. A total of 282 fatalities, 240 severe, 32% of severe injuries were accounted for on Europe’s railways.

What is the History of International Level Crossing Awareness day?

The International Level Crossing Awareness Day was first held on 25th June 2009 in 28 countries. This day was marked by the International Union of Railways with the collaboration of railway communities around the world. The target is raising awareness on the dangers of misbehaviour at level crossings. Different organizations from road and railway from participating countries shared their responsibility to overcome the issue by organizing safety rules or activities to create public awareness and safe behavioural activity at and around level crossings.  After the success of the first European Level Crossing Awareness Campaign, the European and the international levels agreed to celebrate the International Level Crossing Awareness Day in June first week.

How is the International Level Crossing Awareness day celebrated?

On International Level crossing awareness day, people from many participating countries exchanged a lot of information on level crossings. And then they go outside on a so-called ‘technical visit’. 

  • On this day, People go out and take a look at level crossings. 

  • They share their experiences at various level crossings. 

  • People are urged to learn the safety measure from each other, what works and what doesn’t to finally get into the goal that is safer level crossings. 

  • People teach their family and friends what they learned about level crossing safety and create awareness of safety behaviour at a level crossing. 

2019 International Level Crossing Awareness Day Theme

The theme for 2019 is “The most important step of the day!’. This theme fits for the professional drivers of lorries, buses, coaches, farm, industry, and emergency vehicles with the information that a brief stop is always a preferable one to a heavy accident with a loss of passenger’s life. In the 2019 International Level Crossing Awareness campaign 40 countries participated, which was held at the Amersfoort conference organized by the International Union of Railways and Dutch Infrastructure Manager ProRail.

International Level Crossing Awareness Day Quotes

A Driving Tip For The Day – Yield The Right Of Way.

Apply Breaks Judiciously, Not Abruptly.

All Accidents Are Preventable

Alert Today - Alive Tomorrow

Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused

Be Cautions, Life Is Precious

Better Be Mister Late Than To Be Late Mister

International Level Crossing Awareness Day - FAQ

1. What is level crossing in a railway?

A level crossing is an intersection of a railway line and a road at the same level, as opposed to the railway line crossing over or under using an overpass or tunnel.

2. What is a level crossing sign?

Level crossing signs are typically used to warn drivers of the hazard ahead. They are often then followed by the signs and depending on the type of crossing, possibly light signals that inform drivers when to stop.

3. How does a level crossing work?

There are sensors built into the rail, when an approaching train activates these sensors they calculate the speed of the approaching equipment and activate the crossing protection devices.

4. How do you make a level crossing?

Level crossing can be made by using sensors to connect the train and the operator. The speed and the distance can be auto calculated by the sensor.

5. What are the types of level crossing?

Level crossings are divided into two: protected and unprotected level crossing.

  • Protected level crossing protected by lights or sounds to be alarmed when a train is approaching.
  • An unprotected level crossing is user-worked crossings where the onus is on the crossing user to check for an approaching train before they cross the railway.

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