European Road Safety Charter
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Good practice submission

Please describe the main road safety challenges/problems you have addressed or are addressing. 
The initiative objective is to improve road traffic safety through education and the eventual reduction to a zero of the number of collision victims in accidents involving trams.We attempt to make everybody aware of what may result from a lack of vigilance, the ability to anticipate events and an obvious carelessness of street traffic participants who are frequently unaware what tragedy may be caused by a moment’s inattention or failure to yield right of way.Accidents with participation of trams occur multiple times. Road users should take special cautiousness on tram rails since over 80% of road events with participation of a tram in Warsaw are caused by pedestrians and passenger car drivers. No-one has been killed due to a tram driver’s fault since 2010.A tram weighing ca. 40 tonnes at the speed of 60 kmh has a braking distance over twice as long as a passenger car. A driver and the more so a pedestrian have no chance.The campaign is conducted from June to December each year. The first edition took place in 2009.
What are your objectives? 
Reduction to a zero of the number of collision victims in accidents involving trams

Project activities

List the actions you carried/are carrying out 
Monday, 1 June, 2009
Name of action 

Every year we organize a simulation show of an accident involving a tram and a passenger car in order to visualise the consequences of inattention and a lack of carelessness on the road. In order to elaborate effective solutions in increasing the tram traffic safety, we have organized conferences and seminars with the participation of Polish and foreign experts for many years.Year after year we increase the range of activities of the educational and  warning character.Thanks to our collaboration with Teatr Kamienica, we make educational performances for school children, which have been watched by more than thirty thousand of children and by the end of this year the number will increase by another four thousand.We organize interactive educational workshops in the Theatrical Institute during which children get acquainted with the specific features of how to use the means of urban transport, they play roles in scenes that take place in trams and tram stops every day. About 1 200 children from Warsaw elementary schools will take part in the current ediciton of such workshops.In collaboration with theMultikino network, we invited groups of children participating in the Summer in the City campaign to four shows “Let’s be safe together” organized by the Akademia Filmowa during which talks related to road safety were held  as well as educational short film shows combined with a children’s film show. Thanks to the collaboration with the City Guards of the capital city of Warsaw, cycling workshops for almost three thousand children will be conducted in the “road traffic town” in which the road and rail infrastructure is reproduced in the micro scale. We hope that the foregoing activities will bring a measurable effect such as educated youth now and responsible road traffic participants in the future. We supply two thousand campaign posters to every Warsaw school each year. A radio programme broadcasted by the local radio station – a series of 20 (3 min.)radio programmes. Campaign radio spots boradcasted by the local radio station – 300 broadcasts. Information campaign in the media (the Internet, press).  


What has been the effect of the activities? 
The activities are evaluated in the statistics maintained by The Department of Traffic Supervision of the Warszawskie Tramwaje Company and the statistics maintained by the The Warsaw Police Headquarters.
How many people did you reach/have you reached? 
Who carried/carries out the evaluation activities? 
External evaluation
When did/will you carry out the evaluation? 
Before and after the intervention
Please list the indicators you use to measure success 
Number of accidents with participation of trams in a year and the number of fatalities.

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