14ymedio, Havana, 23 November 2016 — Cows, goats and calves are a constant presence on the streets of Cuban roads. The lack of stables that can be properly closed, problems in buying wire to fence off land, along with the negligence of the owners, have made the sight of animals on the road commonplace.
In a small street of Santa Clara a family leads their cattle graze in broad daylight. To the poor condition of the pavement we add the potential danger that the ruminants run along the way. A risk that often ends in a fatal outcome.
In the first four months of this year 3,702 traffic accidents occurred on Cuban roads, with a total of 244 deaths. Among the most frequent reasons were the poor state of roads, speeding, consumption of alcohol, improper signaling, lack of attention on the part of drivers to controlling their vehicle and, unfailingly, animals roaming the roads unchecked.