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ILCAD (International Level Crossing Awareness Day)
7 May 2013, UIC

Since 2009, the UIC has been coordinating the International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD) campaign running under the motto “Act safely at level crossings”. The UIC, representing the railway community worldwide, has been working with a small but growing number of road sector organizations, the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in order to raise awareness among road users and pedestrians of the risks at level crossings and to change their behaviour. More than 40 countries around the world were engaged in ILCAD 2012. This campaign proceeds from an uncomfortable statistic: too many people die or are injured in accidents at level crossings. However, though the majority of these are due to misuse by motorists and pedestrians, the popular misconception is that these accidents are a railway problem. Conferences on the issue show that the only really effective way to decrease the number of accidents, short of closing all level crossings, is education, highlighting the risks and making people aware of the potential consequences if they do not follow the simple rules of the road.

Contact: Isabelle Fonverne
Tel: +33144492091
Email: fonverne@uic.org

Global Road Safety Film Festival
23-24 April 2013, Paris

Aiming to serve as a springboard to promote the second United Nations Global Road Safety Week, the Global Road Safety Film Festival will take place on 23 and 24 April 2013 in Paris UNESCO, organized by Laser International Foundation under the aegis of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and with the support of FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society.The Festival highlights the priority themes of the United Nations: pedestrian safety, helmet, speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, wearing seat belts, the use of safety devices for children and improvement of road infrastructure changes.The films are originating from all regions of the world, and produced during the past 5 years. All languages are accepted subject to subtitling in English or French. They are exclusively on digital video and presented under the following categories: communication and campaigns; education for road safety and driver training; road risk prevention in professional circles; innovations for road safety; TV broadcasts; films for youth and by youth.

Contact:Trottein Robert
Tel:+33 981 883 721
Email: laserinfo@lasereurope.org

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