A SIGNIFICANT increase in serious car accidents linked to wildlife on roads has seen the NSW Ambulance service issue a warning to drivers.
“Since August this year paramedics have attended 38 collisions involving kangaroos, three for wombats, two for possums,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Rhys Dive said.
“Dry weather and soaring temperatures are forcing wildlife to road sides, looking for plant growth.
“Over the past two years paramedics have attended 224 incidents involving wildlife and one in seven crashes on country roads involves animals.”
Insp Dive said avoiding animals on roads and bush tracks involves a degree of luck but there are ways to minimise the risk.
“Animals often move quickly and are unpredictable so itÕs hard to know what to do next when confronted,” Insp Dive said.
“Stay alert and slow down, especially at sunrise and sunset when visibility is decreased and animals tend to be more active.”
He said incidents that involved wildlife included vehicles losing control and either rolling or colliding with trees and other obstacles, and sudden braking that results in collisions with other vehicles, including rear-enders.
“Quite a few of the incidents which have occurred in the past few months have involved motorists travelling in excess of 100km/h and the sudden impact has caused the vehicles to roll or veer into trees and down embankments,” he said.
He said road users should also prepare if they see any sudden movement from the edges of the road and be patient if a vehicle ahead suddenly slows down or stops.
If you find injured wildlife, call WIRES on 1300 094 737 or NSW National Parks on 131 555.