July 27, 2006

Ontario Transportation Minister offers tips on avoiding wildlife collisions

Sudbury, Ontario – Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield joined with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to remind motorists to take steps to avoid potentially deadly wildlife collisions.

“One in every 18 motor vehicle crashes involves a wild animal,” says Cansfield. “Over the past decade, there has been an 86 per cent increase in collisions with wildlife in Ontario. We’re testing new wildlife warning billboards and changeable message signs at several locations in Northeastern Ontario to warn motorists when the risk of wildlife collisions increases.”

The Ontario government is taking over steps to reduce collisions, including installing fencing along major highways, posting warning signs and developing a “Watch for Wildlife” brochure. The brochure tips include:

  • Brake firmly if an animal is standing on the road, or about to cross. Never assume the animal will move out of the way.
  • Never swerve suddenly. This could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
  • Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. When you do see wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully, as they could suddenly bolt onto the road.

The brochure can be found online at www.mto.gov.on.ca.

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