Thursday 6 November 2008

driving safety

Our OPP has sent out warnings to motorists. There is danger in that with moose hunting season wildlife is on the move. In a collision with a moose, we lost one of our finest in 2005. These animals are huge, and you do not always win since moose hunting season is on. Later in the month, once snow covers feeding grounds they have to forage and extend their territory.

One problem is the bright headlights of the vehicles, therefore, at dawn and dusk, when they are on the move, you really must drive more slowly.

Huntsville OPP say,

"There are a number of locations in the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment area where motorists are apt to encounter animals on the roads, including County Road 6, Highways 12, 93, 400 and area roadways that are adjacent to wooded areas."

They like to feed on the edge of a meadow, crossing convenient roadways to find more forage.
  • Use eye lead time and be aware when you are in an area that has wildlife, especially if signs indicating animal crossing are posted;
  • Do not overdrive your headlights; this will allow you to see an animal and stop in time to avoid hitting it;
  • When animals are observed ahead, slow down until safely past them;
  • Search for a second animal, close behind, after the first animal has been passed safely;

1 comment:

Junosmom said...

We have to watch out for deer. This is particularly scary to me, now that I have a 17 yr old driver. Last year, a young girl, age 17, hit a deer on the highway and swerved into a tractor trailer. Didn't make it. I scan constantly as I drive as it is mating season.