Subject: Road Safety

Please find below a message from Manuel João Ramos, a Portuguese association that fights for peace and safety on roads. If you decide to send a letter of support, please send a copy at the Brussels Eurocare office. Thank you.

As president of ACA-M (Associação de Cidadãos Auto-Mobilizados),  I am writing here to ask for your support in our attempt to explain to the Portuguese authorities that the law that was voted by the Portuguese MPs on the 12th July 200, which raised the permitted limit of alcohol content in the blood from  0.2 mg to 0.5 mg/ml for all drivers, is a shameful acceptance of the power of alcohol producers lobby and a dangerous precedent in international terms.

This week, the death toll in Portuguese roads rose by 7% and the number of drunken drivers caught rose by more than 20%. Portugal has become the only country in the world that has risen the BAC, instead of lowering it.

If you disapprove of the attitude of the Portuguese parliament, please, send messages (as many as you possibly can) to the addresses below, with carbon copies to ACA-M ( and to the Portuguese News Agency (;

Please, circulate this plea to other NGO's and Road Peace Activists.

With best regards
Manuel João Ramos
Associação de Cidadãos Auto-Mobilizados
Av. 5 de Outubro, 142, 1º D 1050-061 Lisboa
tels. (+351) 21 780 1997
faxs. (+351) 21 780 1998 - 21 796 4756

Jorge Sampaio, President of the Portuguese Republic, (+351) 213614611

José Durão Barroso, Portuguese prime-minister, (+351) 213951616

António Jorge de Figueiredo Lopes, Minister of Internal Affairs, (+351) 213423448

Luís Marques Mendes, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs
(+351) 213901990

Portuguese Parliament:

João Mota Amaral, President of the Portuguese Parliament (+351) 213907771

Assunção Esteves, President of the 1st Commission (Constitutional Affairs,
Rights, Liberties and Privileges)
(+351) 212917478

Guilherme Silva, parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party, (+351) 213917443

António Costa, parliamentary leader of the Socialist Party, (+351) 213917444

Bernardino Soares, parliamentary leader of the Communist Party, (+351) 213917432

Telmo Correia, parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Party, (+351) 213917433

Francisco Louçã, parliamentary leader of the Left Block, (+351) 213917459

Isabel Castro, parliamentary leader of the Ecologist Party, (+351) 213917424

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