In the last 10 months of this year, 6,965 accidents have occurred on Cuban roads. This figure represents an increase of 12.8% compared to the same period in 2022. Last Wednesday, November 1, a report was presented with data on this subject. In these unfortunate events, 562 citizens lost their lives and 5,643 were injured.
However, these values are lower than last year’s deaths and injuries, which were 0.7% and 8.6%. The Director of Traffic of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR), Colonel Roberto Rodríguez, discussed the causes of the events on the roads of Cuba. This police chief added that collisions between modes of transportation caused the highest number of deaths.
The causes of accidents
Rodríguez explained that drivers involved in accidents were driving at extreme speeds. Another factor pointed out by the colonel is non-observance of traffic priorities and vehicle defects. These violations were reported by 68% of the deceased.
Added to this information is the indiscipline of pedestrians and electric or fuel-powered motorcycles, which contributed to 58% of the deaths. Car teams that mistakenly tried to overtake others caused 31% of the deaths.
Roberto Rodríguez also pointed out that the deaths were the result of not using helmets or safety belts. The official did not talk about some aspects that caused the terrible events on the Caribbean island, such as the bad condition of the streets and cars.
During the summer of 2023, more than 1,000 accidents were reported, resulting in 72 deaths and 543 physical injuries. From January to May, 3,620 cases were recorded on the streets of the largest Antilles. During this period, 290 people died and 2,807 were injured.