Manufacturers develop solutions that block calls, messages and other notifications. In case of emergency, there are ways to circumvent the constraints imposed by the tools.

How many times did you answer calls or respond to messages while driving? Besides the possibility of being fined, the practice puts your safety at risk, but there are solutions. In order to minimize driving distractions, smartphone manufacturers are beginning to come up with tools – a sort of “car mode” – to manage the amount of times the phone rings while driving.

According to the Spanish newspaper ABC , many smartphone manufacturers are incorporating a system into the latest gadgets, which silences and manages notifications and incoming calls. However, these systems are still not easy to activate.

On Android devices (Samsung and LG), you need to download an application – the Car Mode – which is available on the Galaxy App and not on Google Play. From there, explains ABC, you will need to create a user account and, to activate the app, configure the voice and authorize the connection via Bluetooth with the car. With this tool, all applications are blocked, except for music or navigation apps.

A similar system is available on Apple’s iOS 11. To enable this mode, go to “Do not disturb” in “Settings” and select “Do not disturb while driving”. Afterwards, you must choose between “Manually”, “Automatically” (based on vehicle movement) or “If connected to the Bluetooth of the car”.

To set up, touch “Auto Answer To” and choose who receives a reply: No, Recent, Favourite, or All Contacts. Then select “Reply” to customize the message that will be sent: “I’m driving, so I have no way to bother while driving active. I’ll read your message when I get to my destination,” is Apple’s suggestion. If someone needs to get in touch with you, you can work around the “Do not disturb” mode by sending a message with the word “urgent”. In that case, you can either stop the car to read the message or ask Siri to do so.

When in this mode, iPhone displays some notifications, such as emergency alerts, timers, and alarms . And you can configure the options: only be alerted if the person calls twice in a row, for example.


The Metropolitan Command of Lisbon of the Public Security Police informs that due to the celebration of the end of year celebrations in the Commerce Square, during the festivities on December 31st, it will be considered an improvised enclosure, reason why perimeters will be created with nine managed access points.

Bottles and glass cups, as well as umbrellas with long stems, among other objects listed in the Annex, shall not be allowed in

the area.

If you want to carry some belongings in a backpack / bag, it should not be larger than the size of an A3 sheet.

The venue will open to the public at 7:00 p.m. so it is advised that anyone who wants to go to the Commerce Square should do so as far in advance as possible.

On December 29th, 30th and 31st, due to the need to ensure the safety of people and goods and facilitate the intervention, in case of need of protection and rescue, the downtown area will be subject to several conditions of Traffic.


December 29, 2018:

– Total traffic cut in the Commerce Square between 20:30 and 00:30

– Main sections:

Duque de Terceira Square / Cais do Sodré (traffic diverted to Rua do Alecrim or reverses)

Av. Infante D. Henrique with Rua Cais de Santarém and Estação Sul e Sueste

Rua da Alfândega c / Praça do Comércio

Rua da Prata (conditioned);

Rua do Ouro (conditioned);

Restauradores Sul, whose passage to the Rossio is only allowed to Public Transport.


December 30, 2018:

– Total traffic cut in the Commerce Square between 8.30 and 00.30 (with the same cuts and conditionings as on December 29)

December 31, 2018/01 January 2019

– Total traffic cut in the Praça do Comércio from 5:00 p.m.

– Main sections:

Av. 24 de Julho c / Av. D. Carlos I;

Largo Vitorino Damásio and Calçada Marquês de Abrantes;

Duque de Terceira Square / Cais do Sodré (traffic is diverted to Rua do Alecrim or reverses);

Arsenal Street;

Av. Infante D. Henrique (Viaduct of Av. Mouzinho de Albuquerque – TOTAL court, except Public Transport);

Av. Infante D. Henrique c / Estação Sul and Sueste;

Av. Infante D. Henrique with Santa Apolónia (except Public Transport);

Rua da Alfândega w / Praça do Comércio;

Rua Vitor Cordom w / Calçada do Ferregial;

Restorers South;

Rua do Ouro (closed);

Praça da Figueira – Closed access to Rua dos Fanqueiros and Rua dos Douradores

The changes in traffic and their traffic diversions are duly coordinated on the spot by the Police, and access to emergency vehicles is guaranteed.

All are requested to comply with the indications transmitted by the agents of authority.


The PSP advises:

Advised to use public transport;

If you drive, do not drink.

Do not drink alcohol in excess – During the period in question, and especially in the early morning of 01JAN2019, PSP plans to carry out several Road Traffic Inspection Operations, in order precisely to dissuade the risk behavior associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages versus driving;

If you park on the public road, check if your vehicle allows the movement of emergency vehicles;

Make sure the vehicle is locked and do not leave valuables in view;

Be cooperative with agents of authority and a facilitating body of police action, do not compromise your safety and that of other citizens and do not take risky behaviour;

Do not carry personal property of value, especially mobile phone, wallet and watch;


On December 31st

Do not transport baby carriages or chairs to the interior of the perimeter to provide reduced mobility, as their use, among thousands of people, will condition their use and may endanger people in the Square as well as their users. If it is imperative to take, due to the age of the babies and / or mobility of the user, the PSP advises to avoid the concentration in the zone closest to the Wharf of the Columns.

If you consider it necessary to intervene by the police, do not hesitate to ask for our assistance, call 112, in case of an emergency and memorize on your mobile the following telephone number of the PSP Metropolitan Command: 21 765 42 42, or enter in your phone.


At 02.30 hrs on Friday, December 28, Câmara de Lobos Volunteer Firefighters were called to assist a 47-year-old male, apparently a victim of aggression, who was on the Santa Clara Road in Câmara de Lobos of Wolves.

At the arrival of the firefighters, the victim was conscious and had bruises on his face and was referred to Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.


The National Republican Guard (GNR), in its area of ​​responsibility, from tomorrow, December 28, and until the end of next Wednesday, January 2, will intensify road patrolling in the most traffic routes in this height of the year, with the aim of preventing road accidents, ensuring traffic flow and supporting all road users in order to provide them with a safe journey.

As a result of the road accidents registered during 2018, and particularly in this holiday season, the GNR will be particularly attentive to the trips to and from the places of entertainment and higher concentration of people. These trips, due to the celebrations of the new year, are often associated with the committing of some excesses, which may lead to the occurrence of serious accidents. The aim is to deter risky behaviour on the part of vehicle drivers.

During the operation, the National Transit Unit and the Territorial Commands will be engaged in military operations, which will focus their attention on the following infractions:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and psychotropic substances;
  • Speeding;
  • Dangerous manoeuvres;
  • Incorrect execution of overtaking, change of direction and crossover manoeuvres;
  • Misuse of your phone;
  • Overtaking, change of direction and crossover manoeuvres;
  • Misuse of your phone.

Last day of operation “Tranquilo Natal” recorded one dead and three seriously injured

One person died and three were seriously injured in the 176 accidents reported by the GNR on the last day of Operation Tranquility, according to the corporation. According to the data recorded between 00.00 and 24.00 on Wednesday 26th, the last day of operation “Natal Tranquilo”, there were still 44 minor injuries in accidents on roads under GNR jurisdiction. However , in total, 15 people died on national roads during the Christmas operation period.

The district with the most accidents registered on the last day of operation “Natal Tranquilo”, between 21.00 on Friday and 24.00 on Wednesday, was Porto (29), followed by Lisbon (24), Faro and Aveiro ( 16), Braga (13), Viseu (11) and Coimbra and Leiria (11). The only fatality was recorded in an accident in the Faro district and the three seriously injured in disasters in Lisbon, Viseu and Beja.

During the operation “Natal Tranquilo”, the GNR reinforced the patrol and inspection in the roads with the highest traffic at this time of the year in the country. The operation counted on the participation of more than 1,400 military personnel of the National Transit Unit and the Territorial Commands. The objective was, according to the GNR, to prevent road accidents, to ensure traffic flow and to support all road users in order to provide them with a safe journey.


Police are looking for a man suspected of approaching youngsters in Manique de Baixo, in the parish of São Domingos de Rana, in Cascais. One of the girls was chased to her own house.

The man, is described around 35 and 40 years of age, has a beard and dark hair. Caucasian, drives a Peugeot 206 of grey colour. He is suspected of having pursued at least three teenagers on the Carrascal road, on their way to the Tempos Livres Free Times at the Salesian School in Manique de Baixo.

Two of the girls were approached on Friday21st December. The first known victim of the alleged predator was attacked two days earlier, near the bridge that divides Carrascal Road and José Justino dos Anjos Street.

After approaching the 13-year-old girl and inviting her out for a walk, the suspect got out of his car and grabbed the girl. However the attacker quickly left the scene due to the presence of a passer- by, a friend of the victim’s father.

The suspect returned at night to the victim’s house, leaving a paper under the door. A complaint was subsequently made to the 56th PSP Police Station in Trajouce.

Agents of the Criminal Investigation Police Station of the Police Division of Cascais seek to locate and identify the alleged perpetrator.



The Food and Economic Security Authority has announced the seizure of 124 tonnes of table olives in the municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, Évora district, due to lack of hygiene and operator licensing.

In a statement, the Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) informs that the activity of the operator has been suspended and a process of administrative misconduct has been initiated, due to non-compliance with hygiene requirements and lack of control of water for human consumption, licensing and traceability.

In addition to the table olive, worth 43 thousand euros, three items of weighing equipment were also seized that were not “properly calibrated,” he said.

According to the ASAE, the operation was initiated, in recent days, by elements of the Évora Operational Unit that was targeting an olive recipient, located in the municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz.

The inspectors found that the space where the reception and conservation of table olives was done, was not “properly licensed” and did not have “the minimum hygienic conditions,” ASAE said in the statement.

In addition, he added, “water from a hole without any control” was used. The presence of the Public Health Unit of Évora was therefore requested at the site, who testified that it was a danger to public health.


A shootout in a neighburhood in Elvas, Portalegre district, has killed one person. The victim was hit by one of several shots fired at the car he was a passenger. The incident took place around dawn time on Christmas Day Tuesday 25th December.

PSP National Command source said the alert was given at 00.00 hours and that the victim was”between 55 and 60 years old.” It is not yet known how many shots were fired – they were at least three, with a pistol or a revolver – but were in the direction from the “from the back to the front of a car and hit the person who was next to the driver,” explained PSP to JN. Those involved come from the Pias neighbourhood in Elvas.

The attackers were on foot as they fired into the car. The police authorities have not yet made any arrests until late morning today and the identity and location of the perpetrators of the shooting is not yet known.

The case was handed over to the Judicial Police, who are in the area today to investigate. The autopsy of the victim will be held tomorrow at Elvas Hospital.


Strong police presence across the country due to protests scheduled for Friday. But almost an hour after the planned start the mobilization there were few demonstators. In Braga alone there were some blockades however, “with people kicking and throwing “bottles at vehicles”

The north entrances to Braga, at the roundabout of the Infias, are blocked by more than fifty yellow vests since 06:00, with some altercations already registered with motorists who tried to pass, but these were not serious.

According to Lusa news agency, more than 50 yellow vests kicked and threw bottles at vehicles that tried to break through the blockade.

Despite the blocking, there is a “on-track safety route” for the passage of emergency vehicles.

In Lisbon, PSP spokesman Alexandre Coimbra told Lusa about 06:30 that “everything was still calm”. So far there are no complications in the places where the demonstrations were planned.

At the 25 de Abril bridge, there is a strong presence of the PSP, but no yellow vests on the spot.

In the Marques de Pombal, in Lisbon, there are about 30 people. The police are now moving traffic through the side streets.

Near the toll of the A8, protesters passed by, honking and displaying their yellow vests

In the Francos Node, in Porto, the yellow vests tried to blockade a roundabout but the standstill lasted only a few minutes and the 50 or so “yellow vests” were moved on by police peacefully.

The elements of this event have a French flag and are standing on the crosswalk, causing some traffic in this area. Some of BES’s victims are also being joined by this movement, showing their discontent with corruption.

The protests of the “yellow vests” in Portugal were called by various groups through social networks, inspired by the recent protest movements in France.

One of the groups, Movimiento Coletes Amarelos Portugal, in a manifesto released on Wednesday , proposes a reduction of taxes on electricity, with an incidence on audiovisual and carbon dioxide emission rates, a reduction of VAT and IRC for micro and small companies, as well as the end of the tax on petroleum products and halving VAT on fuels.

Not tolerating any act of violence or vandalism, this movement, which is called “peaceful and non-partisan”, also defends the fight against corruption.

The list of demonstrations of the “yellow vests” in the area of ​​activity of the PSP included 25 protests in 17 places of the main cities of the country.


To help keep people informed of the issues in Brexit that involve the safety and security of citizens in the UK and how this affects Europe, Safe Communities will be keeping our readers up to date concerning what has been agreed between the UK and Europe, but as we are all aware not yet been put before parliament.

As you are aware there are two main documents; the Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union which comprises 585 pages and the 26 page Draft Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to endorsement by Leaders.

It is very important that people understand that the security of of country, its residents and those visiting is not just dependent on the number of police officers, how they are deployed etc, but what goes on behind the scenes. This means the sharing of data between countries, the process of sharing investigations and the efficient means of bring culprits to justice through international binding arrest warrants.

Without these measures in place and faced with crimes of an international dimension, such as cybercrime and money laundering, Europe as a whole would be a less safer place.

Although not a legally binding document I will start this series by outlining the provisions of the Draft Political agreement:

General Principals – With a view to Europe’s security and the safety of their respective citizens, the Parties should establish a broad, comprehensive and balanced security partnership. This partnership will take into account geographic proximity and evolving threats, including serious international crime, terrorism, cyber-attacks, disinformation campaigns, hybrid threats, the erosion of the rules-based international order and the resurgence of state based threats.

Law Enforcement and Judicial Co-operation Criminal Matters – The future relationship will provide for comprehensive, close, balanced and reciprocal law enforcement and judicial cooperation in criminal matters, with the view to delivering strong operational capabilities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection and prosecution of criminal offences, taking into account the geographic proximity, shared and evolving threats the Parties face, the mutual benefits to the safety and security of their citizens, and the fact that the United Kingdom will be a non-Schengen third country that does not provide for the free movement of persons.

Data Exchange – Recognising that effective and swift data sharing and analysis is vital for modern law enforcement, the Parties agree to put in place arrangements that reflect this, in order to respond to evolving threats, disrupt terrorism and serious criminality, facilitate investigations and prosecutions, and ensure the security of the public. 86. The Parties should establish reciprocal arrangements for timely, effective and efficient exchanges of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data and the results of processing such data stored in respective national PNR processing systems, and of DNA, fingerprints and vehicle registration data.

Operational cooperation between law enforcement authorities and judicial cooperation in criminal matters. The Parties recognise the value in facilitating operational cooperation between the United Kingdom’s and Member States’ law enforcement and judicial authorities, and will therefore work together to identify the terms for the United Kingdom’s cooperation via Europol and Eurojust. The Parties should establish effective arrangements based on streamlined procedures and time limits enabling the United Kingdom and Member States to surrender suspected and convicted persons efficiently and expeditiously, with the possibilities to waive the requirement of double criminality, and to determine the applicability of these arrangements to own nationals and for political offences.

Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing. The Parties agree to support international efforts to prevent and fight against money laundering and terrorist financing, particularly through compliance with Financial Action Task Force (FATF) standards and associated cooperation. The Parties agree to go beyond the FATF standards with regard to beneficial ownership transparency and ending the anonymity associated with the use of virtual currencies, including through obliging virtual currency exchanges and custodian wallet providers to apply customer due diligence controls.