26 September 2023

TfNSW urges drivers to consider nature

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Drivers are being reminded to slow down and watch out for animals when driving on country roads, with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) launching an education campaign.

Deputy Secretary of Safety, Environment and Regulation at TfNSW, Sally Webb said the social media initiative reminded motorists of their responsibilities when sharing country roads with wildlife and livestock.

“From 2013 to 2022, there were 1,384 casualty crashes involving an animal on a country road in NSW,” Ms Webb said.

“Of these crashes, 25 people were killed and 1,551 were injured,” she 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 were generally used to driving around livestock and wildlife, animals could be unpredictable and move quickly so it was important to always take care.

She said there were also a lot of people travelling to the State’s regions who were less familiar with animal hot spots, and what to do if they came across animals on the road.

“Animals can be more active near waterholes and creeks and at sunrise and sunset when visibility is reduced,” the Deputy Secretary said.

“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.”

Ms Webb said swerving could make drivers lose control of their vehicles and collide with another vehicle or tree.

“Please slow down when you see animal warning signs and stay alert especially around dusk and dawn.”

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