Animals on country roads campaign aims for safer driving

Watch out for cattle next to the road. Photos: Contributed

In NSW, between 2013 and 2022 there were 1423 crashes with an animal which resulted in 25 people dying and a further 1592 people injured. 

Because of this Transport for NSW has launched its annual Animals on country roads initiative as a reminder about driving safely around animals.   

Driving on country roads can present challenges because of the presence of wildlife and livestock. Animals can appear suddenly and behave unpredictably, especially at dusk and dawn when they are more active.

To help reduce the risk of a crash do the following:

· Reduce your speed when driving through areas where wildlife is known to be active.

· Keep an eye out for animals on or near the roadside.

·  Stay alert near waterholes and creeks, where animals tend to gather.

· Remember that animals are harder to see at sunrise and sunset.

· Follow animal warning signs – Take note of warning signs alerting you to the presence of animals in the area. If you see these signs, slow down, stay alert and be prepared to stop if required.  

One in every 40 casualty crashes on country roads involves a vehicle hitting an animal, animals like kangaroos and cattle are often close to the road and can be unpredictable.

The information for this report was provided by Transport for NSW.

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