After having held the previous Open Days at the Chaumont Operations Centre (in the Orne Department), Alis decided to relocate this year to the Eure Department in order to give the inhabitants a better opportunity to discover the ins and outs of the motorway by organising the event at the Courbépine Gendamerie Motorway Unit, located at the Bernay interchange. On 26th June last, the users of the A28 Rouen - Alençon motorway were invited to see what is involved in the running of the motorway and to speak to those working in this specific environment in order to provide safety and comfort to its users.
The many activities proposed (video presentation of the Motorway Operations Control Centre, demonstration of the Gendarmerie Nationale traffic monitoring equipment, presentation of the "sobering up" unit, driving simulator and tests with "Alcohol Glasses", presentation of motorway intervention and maintenance vehicles and equipment, etc) naturally captivated the visitors, but what drew the most attention was the simulation of an accident with the extrication of passengers. This simulation demonstrated the know-how and effectiveness of the emergency services, assisted by the various motorway intervention teams. The visit of a motorway surface water spill-off basin and the free CO2 emission testing of visitors' vehicles showed the importance placed in the respect of the environment and the protection of natural habitats.
This event took place in the presence Mr Jean-Pierre Hamon, the Eure Department Sub-Prefect, and representatives from neighbouring communities. Organised in order to promote encounters and exchanges, the event allowed, once again, the motorway professionals and users to share their experiences and to engage in an enriching and friendly dialogue beneficial to all.