October 25, 2006
Ontario government reminds drivers to watch for wildlife
Ottawa, Ontario – Ontario transportation minister Donna Cansfield has joined wildlife and road safety partners in Ottawa to highlight efforts aimed at reducing wildlife collisions. Cansfield says collisions with wildlife have increased by 86 per cent in the past decade, with a collision occurring every 38 minutes in the province.
The Ottawa Wildlife Collision Prevention Initiative runs through October and November, and includes increased speed limit enforcement, billboards, and advertising on radio and television. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of Transportation, CAA, Ontario Provincial Police and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Important safety tips include:
The “Watch for Wildlife” brochure can be found online at www.mto.gov.on.ca, or by calling 1-800-373-5099.