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Roo collisions spike as holidaymakers flock to regions

June 4, 2021 Motoring No Comments

RAC Claims Manager Glen Walker said 727 animal collision claims were lodged in March and April – a 36 per cent increase on the 5-year average for the same period. Over 90 per cent of claims involved Kangaroos.

“It’s fantastic to see Western Australians exploring our regions, but it’s important to remember these areas are home to dense populations of wildlife,” Mr Walker said.

“Hitting an animal is not only distressing and potentially costly, it is also extremely dangerous, so we’re urging motorists to be extra vigilant, especially as we head into winter.

“Winter is a particularly risky time for animal collisions as motorists are out on the roads in darker conditions for longer, and we typically see a spike in incidents as daylight hours reduce.

“Most incidents occur during dawn and dusk, when animals such as kangaroos are most active, so try to limit driving on country roads during these times where possible.

“If you do need to drive during darker hours, reduce your speed, use your high-beams and pay attention to reflecting eyes in the distance.”

Other animals involved in insurance claims include emus, cows, dogs, cats, and birds.

“It’s also important to be aware of cats and dogs wandering on roads, driveways and under cars when driving in the suburbs,” Mr Walker said.

“How you react when you spot an animal on the road ahead is extremely important — you should slow down but don’t swerve to avoid it as this can endanger you and your passengers.”

If you are involved in a collision and are concerned about injuries to the animal, call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

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