Thursday, June 7, 2012

Safety First

The number of unmanned level crossing accidents occurring on Indian Railways is a cause of concern. At present, there are total 31846 numbers of level crossings over Indian Railways out of which 13530 are unmanned where the accidents occur primarily due to inadequate precautions by the road users failing to observe mandatory sign boards, signals and basic traffic safety rules.

 Over the last five years, the train accidents at unmanned level crossings remained at low level.

There is a need to educate people at Village Panchayats, schools, weekly markets in rural areas and also carry out ambush checks at unmanned level crossings. To enhance the safety and reduce inconvenience to road users, busy level crossings are being replaced by Road Over Bridges (ROB)/ Road Under Bridges (RUB) and Limited Height Sub Ways (LHS) gradually.

Accidents in 2007: 77      Fatalities in 2007: 275
Accidents in 2008: 69      Fatalities in 2008: 147
Accidents in 2009: 70      Fatalities in 2009: 177
Accidents in 2010: 53      Fatalities in 2010: 131 

Lets Pledge to Cross Level Crossing Safely
At Unmanned Level Crossing:
STOP short of the Level Crossing
LOOK for any approaching Train
LISTEN for Train whistle
CROSS safely

At Manned Level Crossing
WAIT for the Passage of Train if the gate is closed
DONOT open the gate forcibly
CROSS safely if the gate is open