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What can be done to reduce road accidents in Portugal?

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2. Scientific Aspects

   2.1 Cars

Each year cars are getting better due to new technologies. Now many cars are starting to incorporate technologies like ABS which do not let cars slip, preventing many accidents. Air Bags also protect people from getting hurt, protecting the body from hitting in a hard surface.

 Many other scientific aspects are used in cars construction, which contribute to make them more comfortable and safer, reducing road accidents. Even the lights are getting better, stronger and easy to manage, automatically directed.

Car stability is also getting better due to better suspensions and to electronic systems which alert you when something is wrong. Tires are always involving and there are now tires which do not even have air in them so that, for example, nails don’t damage it and lead to a crash.

2.2 Roads

Roads are also getting better.

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2.4 Future

When communications are faster, cars will likely be forced to be equipped with a GPS system which will monitor the speed. The GPS may be with a tube which may detect alcohol and drugs to the police. Nowadays there are cars with anti theft system, which are completely immobilized when the owner sends a code by mobile phone.

In future it will be possible the police to use this system, when the car is doing something against the law.

3. Cultural Perspective

Portugal is a country still divided between more traditional people, which work in fishing, agriculture and industries and city people which work mainly in services. The education standards also vary, according mainly with the economic conditions of the families, and we have people very well prepared, but the country need to invest more in people, in education.

The people with less education normally assume more risky behaviours in driving. In fact, some people in Portugal still drink before driving and drive at a speed that is not allowed in the highway, sometimes more than 150 km/h, when the speed limit is 120 Km/h.

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5. Conclusion

Portugal is in the 19th spot for deadliest roads in European Union, twice as many people are killed in their cars in Portugal than in Italy, per head of population, and four times as many as in the UK.

Portugal is now trying to change its rankings by changing behaviours, educating people on the risks of driving and having harsh penalties on those who are driving without respecting the laws. Portugal will definitely go up the ranking, but only after a lot of fines.

If people drive normally at 100km/h in a 50 km/h area, the reason behind this behaviour is the lack of vigilance. There are only 2400 officers; this number is considered to low by many officers.

Another problem that the country faces is that people do not pay the fines; this is due to the slow court system that permits many fines to prescribe.

Now the alcohol limit is, with Sweden, the lowest in Europe, 0.02 grams per litre of blood. Meanwhile Minister Rui Pereira say that 84% of the Portuguese were in favour of this law, others claim that it affects the wine business. Some wine sellers suggest that a Mediterranean country, like Portugal, should have that alcohol test at 0.5 but I completely disagree.

6. Bibliography

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The candidate failed to respond clearly to the 'what can be done' part of the the question. However, there were clear points highlighting the causes of road safety, which was excellently supported by a graph. There were some vague comments ...

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Response to the question

The candidate failed to respond clearly to the 'what can be done' part of the the question. However, there were clear points highlighting the causes of road safety, which was excellently supported by a graph. There were some vague comments as to how road safety could be increased, but none of them lead on to why their implementation would increase road safety.

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In the essay there were a handful of good points, however quotes beginning with 'As my father says..' are unrealiable as this is not a legitimate scientific source.

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Some use of scientific terminology, however further revision would benefit the candidate in this area. Failed to use high powered english throughout and used too many commas in some paragraphs.

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