The Road Safety Campaign “Give Priority to Life” takes place during the month of August, “a period in which journeys are more frequent and longer”, and aims to “call on everyone who travels on the roads and streets to do so safely, calling on them to give priority to life and to protect not only their lives, but also those of their families and others,” ANSR said in a statement.

The criterion for marking these places with the highest number of accidents was based on Motorways, Main Itineraries, Complementary Itineraries and National Roads, where there were at least two fatal accidents with a distance between them of less than two kilometers, between January 2018 and April from 2023.

“As a result, 175 locations were identified, which have an accumulated length of about 325 kilometers, representing 1.5% of the national road network where 468 fatalities were recorded, about a third (31%) of the total fatalities registered in the period. referred to (1,527), on the roads covered by the criterion”, says the ANSR.

The districts of Lisbon, Setúbal, Porto, Leiria and Aveiro concentrate half the length of the road network (164 kilometres) with the highest number of fatal accidents, and where, in the analyzed period, 232 people lost their lives (half of the deaths in these places).

Lisbon is the district where the most deaths were recorded in the places with the highest concentration of fatal accidents (53), with the stretch of the waterfront (EN6) between Carcavelos beach and Cascais being the one with the most fatalities, not only at district level, but also at national level: 12.

Then comes a section in the district of Setúbal that recorded eight fatalities, and the section of the A1, in the district of Aveiro, which recorded seven deaths.

The IC2, which crosses the districts of Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Santarém and Lisbon, is the road that has the highest number of fatal accident concentration sites (13) in a cumulative length of 24 kilometers and where 31 fatalities were recorded.

The A1 records 10 locations spread across the districts of Porto, Aveiro, Santarém and Lisbon, in a cumulative length of 22 kilometers and where 31 also died.

The IC1 in the districts of Beja and Setúbal registered six places, where 20 people died, as well as the EN125, where 17 people died, and the EN18, which crosses the districts of Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Évora and Beja, with 16 victims.

The EN4 in the districts of Setúbal, Évora and Portalegre recorded 18 deaths in five locations and the EN109 in Leiria and Coimbra, 16 victims, also spread over five locations.

“In total, these seven roads represent a third of the concentration sites of fatal accidents, and a third of fatalities, in the reference period”, he stresses.

The campaign will be present on 'billboards' in urban areas and on the country's roads, on the social networks of the usual partners, and the locations will also be publicized through the Waze navigation platform, also being available for other platforms that are interested in publicizing.

“Road accidents are a worldwide tragedy: every year 1.35 million people die all over the world. That's 3,700 people a day, 1 person every 24 seconds. It is the leading cause of death from 5 to 24 years old”, says the ANSR, adding that “in Portugal, and despite the good results obtained in the last two decades, on average, around 600 people lose their lives on the roads and streets, a number far from the only acceptable: zero deaths on the road”.