Cuba Faces New Traffic Congestion Woes

Improving economy brings more drivers back on the roads.

Published: 30-Dec-2002

HAVANA (AP) - With its economy emerging from a decade of stagnation, Cuba finds itself suddenly overwhelmed with traffic - a situation that officials say is endangering lives.

Cubans who depended on bicycles to get them through fuel shortages of the 1990s are getting behind the wheel again, and the resulting gridlock has prompted new traffic laws along with steep fines. They take effect on Jan. 1.

With traffic accidents the leading cause of violent death on the island, and the fourth cause of all deaths, order must be restored to Cuba's streets and highways, said Lt. Col. Francisco Buzon, head of the traffic division of the National Revolutionary Police.



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