Driving license lessons to include first aid

The provision of first aid will be part of the contents taught in the classes to take the driving tests in order to obtain a driving licence. This is one of the 106 measures included in the new National Road Safety Strategic Plan (PENSE2020), which is in public consultation until next January 8. However, in the analysis of the document, several associations in the sector criticize the fact that the plan does not determine any date for the implementation of the initiatives, nor does it indicate which financial resources will be allocated to its implementation.

Another measure is to encourage the placing on cars that are already part of the fleet of the new system  eCall , a device that automatically sends an alert to the emergency services in case of road accident, with the information of the location coordinates where is the car. From April 2018 all new cars sold in the European Union will be required to have eCall , which will run through 112. The aim is to enable quicker assistance to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries.

The PENSE2020 also proposes to study the introduction of driving inhibitors devices, also known as alcohol locks , which require the driver to measure the alcohol level in the blood before starting the vehicle. If the result is greater than that allowed by law (in Portugal a rate equal to or greater than 0.5 g / l), the mechanism blocks the car, preventing the driver from starting the journey. Such instruments have already been implemented in some countries, such as Sweden, in reinsertion programs for drivers driven to drive with alcohol and in certain types of transport.


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