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Surge in road deaths

in News · 10-08-2017 12:49:00 · 3 Comments

Portugal seems to be heading for one of its worst years in terms of road fatalities. Latest figures out for the first seven months of the year show that deaths on Portuguese roads have climbed by around 20 percent on 2016.

Surge in road deaths

The increase, which is the first in almost a decade, comes after 288 people have lost their lives so far in 2017, a figure which is up from the 239 deaths recorded between January and July last year.
According to figures from the National Road Safety Authority, ANSR, the number of accidents was also up on last year, including those which result in both serious and slight injuries.
The regions worst affected by this spike in road fatalities are Setúbal, where deaths doubled over the first seven months of the year when compared with 2016, along with the Algarve, where the number of people who lost their lives on the region’s roads climbed by 43 percent.
This comes after one of Portugal’s most prominent national car associations, the Automóvel Clube de Portugal (Automobile Club of Portugal - ACP), last month slammed the Portuguese government’s approach to road safety, saying “it is not a priority” for the State.
The ACP said at the time that national awareness-raising campaigns about road safety are urgently needed, as is an “effective inspection” of driving education.
“Road accidents have increased at a worrying rate this year, without the Government having realised it and without taking structural measures to combat this problem”, the ACP said.
The car club’s comments came after the State Secretary for Home Affairs, Jorge Gomes, said he had ordered “more awareness-raising and inspection actions” aimed at drivers, to stop the increase of
accidents.
Speaking during a ceremony to mark the GNR National Traffic Unit’s eighth anniversary, State Secretary Gomes said he considered the rise in road deaths “worrying”.

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....along with the Algarve, where the number of people who lost their lives on the region’s roads climbed by 43 percent.
Saya it all. No connection with the N125 ..........
by 2.Sugars.in.my.tea from Algarve on 11-08-2017 01:47:00
Good of the ACP to forbid substractive actions
like handphones, icecones etc. while driving. My compliments for the reinstallment of the
obligation to properly indicate ones' change of
direction on roundabouts. Thank you for your consideration . Respect .
by Ron Westerbeek from Algarve on 11-08-2017 01:27:00
The roundabout priority law introduced last year is an absolute disaster. I watch accidents and many near misses every day from my flat in Setubal overlooking the roundabout at Algre shopping centre. Why does Portugal insist on having a roundabout priority rule which is contrary to other countries in the EC. There is no logic. No wonder there are so many accidents and fatalities. This is just one example. Another is that police do not stop and fine drivers who drive far too close to the car in front at speed on motorways.
by Geoffrey Ryder from Lisbon on 11-08-2017 01:00:00

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Edition 1437
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