With NSW struggling through one of the worst droughts on record, Transport for NSW has received reports of increased numbers of wildlife taking to the roads in search of feed and water.
Mr Jonathon Crocker, A/Director Operations said this is posing a risk to motorists, with kangaroos and wallabies in particular being drawn to the roadside by feed resulting from road surface water runoff.
“The large number of fires throughout the north of NSW has also had a significant impact on the availability of feed and water for native animals resulting in increased movement of wildlife,” he said.
“Animals can be highly unpredictable, so drivers need to take care.”
Some important safety tips to follow when traveling on country roads:
Be aware – animals are more active near waterholes and creeks, and harder to see at sunrise and sunset Reduce your speed – slow down when you see animal warning signs Stay alert – animals are unpredictable, so expect the unexpected Brake safely – only brake when it is safe to do so if you see an animal on the road Never swerve – it is safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle.
For injured wildlife, motorists are encouraged to call WIRES on 1300 094 737 and to report unaccompanied livestock call NSW Police on 000.
For more road safety advice visit www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au