A car towing a caravan has rolled after hitting a kangaroo on a country road in WA’s Wildflower country.
Police say there were no injuries in the incident which happened near Perenjori, about 350 kilometres north of Perth,
Both the car and caravan rolled after the roo jumped onto the road one night last week.
The dangers that wandering wildlife can pose to motorists has been further emphasised by two separate incidents in the west of NSW in which two men were seriously injured in collisions with cattle
In the first incident, a motorcyclist was airlifted to Tamworth Base Hospital after colliding with livestock near Coonabarabran. In the second incident, a man was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital with head and internal injuries after his car he collided with several cows which had allegedly strayed onto Thunderbolts Way, about 30 kilometres north-west of Armidale, when
In Western Australia, the RAC have just released figures which point to a rise in animal collisions over the past two months.
RAC claims manager Glen Walker told the West Australian that 727 animal collision claims were lodged in March and April — a 36% increase on the five-year average for the same period. More than 90% of claims involved kangaroos.
Mr Walker urged drivers to be alert to the presence of wildlife.
“Hitting an animal is not only distressing and potentially costly, it is also extremely dangerous, so we’re urging motorists to be extra vigilant, especially as we head into winter,” he said. “Winter is a particularly risky time for animal collisions as motorists are out on the roads in darker conditions for longer, and we typically see a spike in incidents as daylight hours reduce.”
Mr Walker told the West Australian that most incidents occurred during dawn and dusk and suggested motorists avoid driving at night on country roads where possible.
“If you do need to drive during darker hours, reduce your speed, use your high-beams and pay attention to reflecting eyes in the distance,” he said.
If an animal is on the road, Mr Walker said drivers should slow down and resist the urge to swerve because this can endanger those in the car.