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14 people died in railway accidents in Latvia this year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the past decade, there has been a decline in the number of railway accidents registered in Latvia. Nevertheless, year after year, dozens of people get injured or are killed on the railway. Most of these accidents occur because people ignore or forget about safety rules. This year has already seen 22 railway accidents. Fourteen people were killed and eight people were injured in those accidents.

No child or teenager was hurt in railway accidents this year and last year, as reported by LDz.

Only 34% of people who listen to music while wearing headphones take off headphones when coming close to railways. 15% of them turn the volume down. 71% of those people stop and look both ways to make sure there is no train coming.

According to results of LDz’s recent survey, nearly every fifth youngster aged 15-25 (30% of respondents) listen to music using headphones. This makes it harder for them to adequately assess the situation around them and associated risks.

«This is a troubling fact, because youngsters are confident they follow safety instructions. In reality, they do not! It is not enough to merely look both ways before crossing railway lines. The railway is a high-risk area. People should take utmost care when being near it. Listening to music distracts people from risks and makes hearing things around you a lot harder,» – comments Chief Technical Inspector in LDz Dainis Zvaners.

In order to educate and attract attention, especially of children and youngsters, to safety rules, LDz has launched a special campaign ‘Stay healthy. Stay intact’. During this campaign, people can access and use a special simulator to see how hard it is to stop a 6,000 ton cargo train.

«Speaking of child safety. We, adults, hold great responsibility. We are responsible for the safety of our children. So I encourage everyone to spend at least ten minutes talking with their children about road and railway safety rules. The next school year will begin soon. Take the time to explain to them the basics of road safety and make sure they know a safe route from their home to school. Things that seem basic and simple for adults often seem irrelevant to children, because they cannot assess risks,» – says Zvaners.


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