EUROPE: Level crossing accidents account for 2% of road deaths but a third of all rail fatalities, according to the organisers of the pan-European Level Crossing Awareness Day on June 25. At least 600 people fall victim of accidents at European level crossings every year, and according to UIC calculations 95% of these accidents are caused by road users.
To emphasise the need for a joint approach to safety, both rail and road organisations are backing events on June 25 which aim to make road users understand that accidents can be avoided if they obey traffic rules.
The day focuses on education and the promotion of safe behaviour, with the message 'Stop Accidents! Europe for Safer level Crossings!'
Persons killed in level crossing accidents in 2008
Czech Republic 43
Great Britain 15
(source: Network Rail)