Wellington’s roads most dangerous for animal collisions

WELLINGTON Shire roads have the highest number of car collisions with animals in Gippsland, according to insurance company statistics.

The RACV Insurance figures, from July 1 2011 to June 30 2012, show there were 150 collisions on roads in Wellington Shire, with 94 in East Gippsland and 83 in South Gippsland.

In Bass Coast Shire there were 71 collisions, with 65 in Latrobe City and 54 in Baw Baw Shire.

The location with the most collisions was Longford with 21, followed by Rosedale and Bairnsdale with 17 each. There were 15 collisions in Woodside, 13 in Yarram, 13 in Traralgon and 12 in Sale.

RACV Insurance general manager Paul Northey urged drivers to take care when driving at high risk times, especially from 5am to 8am and 6pm to 9pm.

“Most collisions happen during dawn or dusk when there are more people on the roads and animals moving about,” he said.

“The data also shows that April, May and June are the months with the highest number of claims lodged for collisions with an animal.”

According to the RACV Insurance claim figures, kangaroos were the most hit animals with the number of collisions jumping from 2118 in 2010-11 to 2713 in 2011-12, a 28 per cent rise.

Dogs accounted with 323 collisions and wombats 236.

Mr Northey urged motorists to take care when travelling on regional roads.

“Motorists should keep an active eye out for animals and slow down when travelling around bends and rises, as these can obscure animals that may have wandered on to the road,” he said.

“You should also be cautious if there are warning signs advising of wildlife in the area, in areas where new developments may have displaced wildlife, or if you see dead animals on the side of the road.”