According to the Minister of Internal Administration, José Luís Carneiro: “The vision zero integrated road safety strategy has very clear goals by 2030, reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries by 50%. To this end, it foresees measures fundamentally in three areas, on the one hand in attitudes and behaviours, secondly in the so-called black spots on national and municipal roads and, thirdly, the work around post-accident relief”.
The government official explained that it is necessary to involve all of civil society so that drivers' attitudes and behaviours can be changed, since the three main causes of road accidents are speeding, driving with excess alcohol and using a cell phone while driving.
“Therefore, integrated work from all social levels is necessary, from central administration to local administration, including schools, to create a collective awareness that we have to attack these three main causes of road accidents”, he explained.
Regarding the work on removing black spots on municipal and national roads, José Luís Carneiro said that a partnership is already underway with the Ministry of Infrastructures, namely between the National Road Safety Authority and Infrastructures of Portugal so that part of the Interventions that are currently planned or in competition can integrate these road safety concerns and establish a multi-annual framework of objectives to reduce critical points on national roads.
The minister referred that, with regard to municipal roads, local action plans are planned, namely local road safety contracts that identify black spots in planning.
José Luís Carneiro also highlighted the strategy's focus on post-accident assistance, in which it is planned to reinforce response capacity in support “as soon as an accident occurs” through an investment in the acquisition of more extrication vehicles.
The road safety strategy, which included more than 500 contributions from civil society, was presented to deputies so that they could also contribute suggestions for a matter that the minister classified as public health.
José Luís Carneiro highlighted the effort that has been made to reduce road accidents and fatalities, specifying that between 1985 and 2019 it was possible to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries by more than 80 percent, but “even so” it is necessary to continue in this goal.