Don’t get a roo’d awakening this winter
SGIO Insurance has revealed more than 80 per cent of animal collisions on West Australian roads involve kangaroos, with the number of animal-related crashes peaking during July and August.
The insurer is urging drivers to take care on the road with its latest claims data showing that over 1,150 animals including kangaroos, dogs, wombats, cattle and cats were injured or killed on West Australian roads last year.
SGIO Insurance Head of Research Robert McDonald said winter is the season most drivers and animals are at risk, with kangaroo collisions occurring frequently.
“Kangaroos are most active around sunrise and sunset when they are foraging and this is when they are most likely to venture onto roads, so we encourage drivers to slow down during twilight hours,” said Mr McDonald.
“How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives, so it’s important to stay alert so you have the best chance of reducing both human and animal casualties,” he said.
"If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, we recommend you call your local wildlife group, Wildcare Helpline or the Police.”
Although most animal collisions occur in rural areas, city drivers should also stay alert in suburban areas.
“If you’re driving on local streets dogs and cats can often wander onto roads, into driveways or under parked cars,” said Mr McDonald.
“Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, check your mirrors frequently and scan the area around where your car is parked before you head off on your journey.”
SGIO Insurance offers some advice for West Australian 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 the animal and safety permits, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the road to prevent further crashes;
- Don’t force the animal to eat or drink; and
- Contact a local veterinarian or call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055
WA hot spots:
- 1. Brusselton - 32 animal collisons
- 2. Collie - 24 animal collisons
- 3. Margret River - 22 animal collisons
- 4. Carnavon - 20 animal collisons
- 5. Cervantes - 18 animal collisions
* Based on SGIO Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data for the 2014 calendar year
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