Canadian children win prizes in ILCAD rail safety drawing contest

Two young Canadians recently won honours for their rail safety knowledge in ILCAD’s third annual international drawing contest for children.

More than 500 entries were submitted for the contest by children around the world. After the almost 2000 public votes were tallied, the top ten drawings in each category were recently announced. Among the winners were two Canadian children.

Four-year-old Mia Cinquino of Saint-Constant, Québec won second prize in the age 4 – 7 category. Mia’s  mother says Mia drew her picture because her grandfather worked for Canadian railways for most of his life. 

[caption id="attachment_6813" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Mia Cinquino's winning drawing.[/caption]

In the 8 – 12 age group, eight-year-old Allen Zhou from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, won tenth prize for his depiction of motorists waiting safely at a level crossing with double tracks.

[caption id="attachment_6820" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Allen Zhou's winning drawing.[/caption]

 Congratulations Mia and Allen!

All of the winning drawings are displayed on the ILCAD website and will be used during the ILCAD 2013 campaign. They will also be exhibited at the United Nations in Geneva during the second UN Global Road Safety Week (May 6 – 12, 2013).

This contest helps to raise awareness about the risks for both pedestrians and motorists at level crossings. It is part of the International Union of Railways’ (UIC) efforts to encourage people to “Act safely at level crossings,” the motto for International Level Crossing Awareness Day (ILCAD).

More than 40 countries, including Canada, will participate in ILCAD 2013 on May 7th to help educate people about rail safety. Why not share the winning drawings with the children in your life and encourage them to create their own?

Do your part to keep the rail-safety message top of mind for everyone, because playing around trains can be deadly.