HAVANA, Jan. 31st. The National Revolutionary Police (PNR) attributed 91% of the traffic accidents that occurred in Cuba in 2023 to the “human factor.”This was stated by the head of the Specialized Traffic Body of the PNR, Colonel Roberto Rodríguez Fernández, in recent statements when presenting a report on the behavior of accidents in the country, according to Venceremos.
“The frequency and dynamics of traffic accidents in the country continue to be marked by the actions of drivers and pedestrians, and the human factor is responsible for 91% of these events,” the PNR said on its social networks, sharing a faulty link to the Report.
Although 2023 recorded the lowest number of accidents and injuries in Cuba in years –8,556 and 5,938 respectively–, the increase in deaths compared to the previous year raises questions about the effectiveness of the preventive actions implemented and the measures taken by the authorities.
The emphasis on the irresponsibility of drivers and pedestrians as the main trigger of these events suggests a lack of comprehensive addressing of the underlying problems, such as the state of the roads, marked by limitations in investments.
The massive incorporation of mopeds (400 thousands) has not only complicated circulation but has also exacerbated the precarious technical condition of the vehicles, a circumstance that also affects accident figures.
According to Rodríguez Fernández, lack of attention to vehicle control and lack of respect for the right of way generated 60% of accidents. However, these figures raise the question of what measures are being taken to correct this behavior.
The economic crisis in Cuba and its impact on the parts deficit continue to negatively affect road safety, being a factor that contributed to 10% of the deaths.
Despite the overall decrease in excessive speed, it remains the cause of 12% of fatalities, highlighting the need for more effective approaches to combat this dangerous behavior.
The increase in pedestrian collisions, especially in certain provinces, indicates an urgent need to improve safety conditions for pedestrians. The decrease in accidents and injuries on motorcycles and mopeds, but the increase in fatalities, highlights an area that requires deeper analysis and specific corrective actions.
While authorities celebrate the overall reduction in accidents, the focus on the “human factor” should not serve as an excuse to avoid addressing the structural and systemic deficiencies that contribute to road insecurity in Cuba, related mainly to the lack of State investments in infrastructure (roads, signage, street lighting, among others), as well as the shortage of inputs destined for the mobile fleet of state companies and citizens in general.