Animals pose greater danger on roads during drought

Kangaroos are particularly drawn to the roads during a drought. File photo.
Kangaroos are particularly drawn to the roads during a drought. File photo.

Transport for NSW has reported an increasing number of wildlife taking to the roads in search of feed and water as the state struggles through one of its worst droughts on record.

Director of operations, Jonathon Crocket, said this posed a risk to motorists, with kangaroos and wallabies in particular being drawn to the roadside by feed resulting from road-surface water runoff.

"The large number of fires throughout the north of NSW has also had a significant impact on the availability of feed and water for native animals resulting in increased movement of wildlife," he said.

"Animals can be highly unpredictable, so drivers need to take care."

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said there were a number of safety tips to follow while travelling on country roads.

"Animals are more active near waterholes and creeks, and harder to see at sunrise and sunset, so be aware," they said. "You should always slow down when you see an animal warning sign.

"Animals are unpredictable at the best of times, so always expect the unexpected.

"We also encourage drivers to only brake when it is safe to do so, and to never swerve around an animal. It is safer to hit an animal than swerve and lose control of your vehicle."

For injured wildlife, motorists are encouraged to call WIRES on 1300 094 737. To report unaccompanied livestock, call NSW Police on 000.

For more road safety advice, visit www.roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

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