The TrackSAFE Foundation is delighted to support International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD).
ILCAD –which has been held every year since 2008– plays a pivotal role in raising awareness of the key
issues and challenges regarding level crossing safety.
Level crossing safety is of major concern to the Australian rail industry with around 130 collisions occurring
between pedestrians or vehicles with trains at level crossings every year. These collisions often result in
death or serious injury.
Every collision and near hit on the rail network can cause severe and lasting trauma for rail employees.
The TrackSAFE Foundation was established to endeavour to reduce rail incidents and address the resultant
trauma caused to rail employees impacted.
It is pleasing to see the global rail community unite to deliver ILCAD year on year; it’s always timely to remind
the community to have a fresh think about the basics of staying safe around level crossings. This year’s
campaign focuses on the safety of “senior citizens and people with sensory and mobility restrictions” at level
crossings. This theme drives home a simple message for this target group to take extra care around the rail
ILCAD ought to be congratulated for their significant global outreach raising awareness of level crossing safety.
In Australia we have 23,500 level crossings across the network to be concerned about; initiatives such as ILCAD
remind pedestrians and motorists to take extreme care and not become complacent, it only takes a split second
of distraction or risky behaviour which could end up costing your life.
Naomi Frauenfelder, Executive Director of the TrackSAFE Foundation