The representation of the Government in the District, which works between the citizens and the administration, road safety and civil protection. With currently around 60 officials it also provides services with regard to the issue of passport and traffic tickets. In the district of Porto there currently lives 1.867.986 people.
The prefecture of the district of Porto joins the European Road Safety Charter with the commitment to develop a set of actions to reduce traffic accidents. Once the problem areas to fight were defined, actions with an effective range were outlined in a bid to contribute to a reduction in traffic accidents: the consumption of psychedelic substances and alcohol on the part of young drivers, excessive speed, poor signposting for pedestrians and critical points on the municipal roads.
Therefore, by enforcing this set of actions, the expected results concern a gradual reduction in traffic accidents, above all during the hours between 6 pm and 9 am and on Fridays and Saturdays, a gradual reduction in the number of victims that are run down and a gradual reduction in the number of victims on the municipal roads.
With the aim of contributing to a reduction in the consumption of psychedelic substances on the part of young drivers, we will carry out awareness-raising actions at secondary schools. Duly prepared police officers will teach the awareness-raising actions, transmitting the necessary information about the real effects of the consumption of these substances. Actions will be carried out at all the secondary schools in the district that show interest. The target audience varies between the ages of 15 to 19 years. We will raise awareness in at least 1,500 youngsters.
With the aim of contributing to a reduction in the cases of people driving under the influence of alcohol, we will carry out awareness-raising actions at the "Queima das Fitas" (Burning of the Ribbons) festival in Porto. This action will consist of the distribution of alcohol breathalysers at the biggest academic festival in the city of Porto. These breathalysers will be distributed along with a flyer explaining the harmful effects of alcohol on driving. We intend to make raise awareness in 10,000 young students.
We will contribute to a reduction in cases of driving with excessive speed by putting on an exhibition of crashed vehicles. This initiative aims to raise awareness in drivers by exposing crashed vehicles with a description of the respective accidents. The exhibition will be held in Porto and will be visited by anyone who so desires.
We will organise the "Road Safety" competition. This competition will take place and can be consulted on our website at www.govcivilporto.gov.pt (around 200,000 hits) and intends to raise awareness in millions of people through the non-profit institutions in our district. The competition is for publishing a graphic image and respective slogan for a road safety campaign that we will develop.
We will substantially eliminate the critical traffic points on the municipal roads. Decentralised meetings will be held in all the municipalities in the district of Porto. Next, through joint meetings between this prefecture, Estradas de Portugal and the municipal councils, endeavours will be developed to reduce the critical traffic points on the municipal roads in a clear attempt to reduce traffic accidents. At least one meeting will be held per council; which means that 18 meetings will be held. The municipal councils will report on the critical points that will have been eliminated.