New education initiative reminds drivers to slow down and watch out for animals on country roads
Drivers are being reminded to slow down and watch out for animals when driving on country roads, as a new education initiative kicks off from today.
Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation, Sally Webb said Transport for NSW is releasing a new social media initiative reminding motorists of their responsibilities when sharing country roads with wildlife and livestock ahead of the long weekend.
“From 2013 to 2022, there were 1384 casualty crashes involving an animal on a country road in NSW. Of these crashes, 25 people were killed and 1551 were injured,” Ms Webb said.
“Every death on our roads is one too many so please slow down and watch out for animals when driving on country roads.” Ms Webb said while country people are generally used to driving around livestock and wildlife, we know animals can be unpredictable and move quickly so it’s important to always take care.
“There are also a lot of people travelling out to our regions who are less familiar with animal hot spots, and what to do if they come across animals on the road,” Ms Webb said.
“Animals can be more active near waterholes and creeks and at sunrise and sunset when visibility is reduced. If you see one when driving or riding, please don’t panic.
“When using your brakes, always apply them in a controlled manner and don’t swerve to avoid an animal. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and collide with another vehicle or tree.
“Please slow down when you see animal warning signs and stay alert especially around dusk and dawn.”
The initiative can be viewed on Transport for NSW social media channels (NSW Road Safety Facebook page and The Centre for Road Safety website) from June 9-30.
For more information on driving on country roads with animals, visit https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/drivers/animalsoncountryroads/index.ht
You can also report injured wildlife to WIRES on 1300 094 737 or via the IFAW Wildlife rescue app to find a suitable wildlife rescue organisation for your location.