Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia RCMP and the Department of Natural Resources remind drivers to watch for wildlife while driving, especially at this time of year. The combination of fast moving vehicles, large, unpredictable animals near roads, and the glare of autumn sunlight can be very dangerous.
In the Fall, moose and deer are on the move so drivers need to be extra cautious. Drivers encountering these animals on highways or even secondary roads can wind up in serious trouble.
“This time of year, collisions with deer and moose are more common,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke of Nova Scotia RCMP. “Drivers should keep this in mind during their travels and pay special attention when behind the wheel.”
Last year, there were 844 vehicle accidents on Nova Scotia’s highways involving large wildlife. Due to their size and colour, moose tend to blend into the tree line, while deer may appear suddenly from places where food is available such as apple orchards and farm fields.
“To be safe, people should drive with wildlife in mind,” said Bob Petrie, Director of the Wildlife Division with the Department of Natural Resources. “This is especially true in the Fall, during mating season, when animals like moose and deer can end up in unexpected places and are difficult to see in the dusk and dawn light of autumn.”
Drivers travelling at this time of year can enjoy Nova Scotia’s beautiful fall scenery but should take steps to stay safe: slow to a safe speed for conditions, keep a sharp eye for wildlife, and try to avoid driving during sunrise or sunset. By taking these safety precautions, drivers can reduce risks and help save lives – of people and wildlife.
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