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80% of Venezuela’s Second-Largest City Without Traffic Lights Due to Looting

An exposé published Monday by La Patilla estimated that as many as 80 percent of traffic lights in Maracaibo, Venezuela – the second-largest city in the country – are not functional, in need of repair, or simply unusable due to residents looting electric wires.

The result is an anarchic situation in which traffic accidents are a routine occurrence as many cars do not bother to stop at intersections. La Patilla reported that the socialist mayor of the city, Willy Casanova, had indicated no interest in improving the situation and said that local residents had accused him of having “dementia” – or, in some cases, simply faking it – to avoid answering questions about how dangerous the city had become.

Residents told the outlet that, despite the widespread lack of traffic signals, no police officers or traffic directors observe intersections, indicating the socialist regime has no interest in making the streets safer for residents.

Maracaibo is the capital of western Zulia state, sitting atop the large lake that bears the same name. It was the first place in the country to implement public electricity access and home to vast wealth prior to socialism due to the vast oil deposits located in the area. The city is believed to be home to about 2.3 million people.

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