Rising roo risk for WA drivers

17 July 2013

Animal collisions have increased by 26 per cent in the last calendar year according to new claims data from SGIO

Kangaroos still top the list of animals most likely to be involved in a road accident, followed by dogs, wombats, cattle and cats.

SGIO spokesperson Mariana Cidade said kangaroo collisions peak in the winter months, particularly in July, posing a hopping hazard to drivers.
 
“We encourage motorists to slow down when driving at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are most active and looking for food.
 
“Kangaroo collisions can pose a significant safety risk as they can potentially smash a windscreen and injure drivers and their passengers.
“We urge motorists to try and stop if they see an animal on the road but not swerve to avoid a collision. How you react can potentially save lives,” said Ms Cidade.
 
While the majority of animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also remain vigilant.
 
“We are urging drivers to be mindful of all wildlife on all roads, whether they are country highways or suburban streets.
 
“If you hit an animal on the road please report it to your local wildlife group, SA Fauna Rescue, or the Police,” Ms Cidade said.
 
SGIO offers the following advice for SA drivers:
  • If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision;
  • Reduce your speed inside sign-posted wildlife areas;
  • If you hit an animal, call the Fauna Rescue of South Australia on (08) 8289 0896. If there is a road hazard please also call the Police.
  • If you stop to check on the animal please ensure you do so in a safe place, away from incoming traffic. Be mindful of your safety and that of other motorists;
  • If you hit a kangaroo and you are certain it has died, check the pouch for joeys. Fauna Rescue SA can provide information on rescuing joeys if any are found.
SA HotspotsNumber of animal collisions
1Port Augusta53
2Mount Gambier52
3Renmark29
4Hawker28
5Berri22
6Penola21
7Kingston SE21
8Whyalla21
9Morgan20
10Loxton20

* Based on SGIO Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2012 calendar year.

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