RAC reports surge in animal and car collisions

Animal and car collisions are surging in WA, according to new data released by the RAC.

There were nearly 500 more animal and car collisions in WA in 2017, compared to 2016.

This represents almost a 25 per cent increase, with collisions jumping from 2078 to 2576.

In 2017, there were seven collision per day.

Esperance Police senior sergeant Jenny Sara, said drivers in the Esperance region needed to be vigilant, particularly at dawn.

“Being a rural area, with a lot of bush land and a lot of farming areas, it’s not just wildlife it’s also livestock that can escape from fences,” she said.

“One of my staff nearly had a head on with a bull last week that someone hadn't put appropriately behind a fence.”  

RAC claims manager Glen Walker, said how drivers initially reacted made a crucial difference.

“If you do spot an animal near the road, slow down but don’t swerve to avoid it as this can endanger you and your passengers,” he said.

Mr Walker said country roads were particularly vulnerable, with most incidents occurring at night.

“Our advice is to stay vigilant, reduce your speed when driving at dawn or dusk, and keep a look out for animal warning signs in the area.”

“If possible, avoid driving at night in regional areas.

“If you do need to drive at night, reduce your speed, make sure you use your high-beams and pay attention to reflecting eyes in the distance.

“If you notice any road kill, slow down and be extra cautious as this can be a sign of other wildlife in the area.”

Mr Walker said drivers needed to watch out for dogs and cats in suburban areas.

The Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 is available for drivers who are concerned for an animal’s injuries following a collision.