A renewed success for the "Open Day" that allows the general public to get to know how a motorway is operated on a day-to-day basis.


For the second year running, the A28 Rouen-Alençon motorway Operations Centre at Chaumont participated, on 6th and 7th June last, in the National Motorway Operators open days "Discover the Motorway" initiated by the ASFA (French Motorway Companies Association). More than 250 people were able, over the two days, to meet the men and women that watch over the motorway users' safety and comfort throughout the year. It was also an opportunity for the visitors to test their knowledge of motorway safety by the means of various workshops and presentations.

Alis, the A28 Rouen - Alençon motorway concession holder and Routalis, the motorway operator, can be satisfied with the results. With an increase of 25% in visitor numbers and a friendlier atmosphere, this second edition of the A28 "Open Days" was a marked success.

After a welcoming coffee, an orange juice and a cake, visitors were able to talk freely to the members of the personnel of the various companies organising the event, the Vernon Automobile Club, the Road Safety Directorate, Sées Gendarmerie Unit and of the Caen Gendarmerie Information and Recruitment Centre, that made it a point of honour to provide clear and concise answers backed up with evidence to the many questions asked.

With Road Safety being the main theme for this year's "Open Days 2008", many presentations and simulations were centred on this theme. Each member of the public was thus able to test themselves through the game "Car with 13 errors". The icing on the cake came from the fat that participant received a "Safety" Kit" (a fluorescent waistcoat and a warning triangle): a gift all the more appreciated as this kit will become obligatory to be carried at all times in your vehicle as of 1st July next. The younger visitors were able to participate in a Road Safety Quiz and test their road skills on a bike, to win watches and board games.

The main attractions were the "somersault car" and the "drunken glasses", the latter which allowed you to experience the extent to which irresponsible behaviour can be a danger and to better appreciate the advice on driving given by road safety professionals.