Stay alert to avoid roos on our roads

Isis Town and Country - - News - By CHRIS CAL­CINO

THERE are cer­tain places you want to see kan­ga­roos: open pad­docks, op­po­site the Queen on a $1 coin and in black-and-white Skippy TV marathons.

But throw a wind­shield in the mix at high speed and those iconic mar­su­pi­als be­come de­cid­edly un­wel­come.

In­surer AAMI has re­vealed it han­dled 83 kan­ga­roo crash claims from Bund­aberg’s 4670 post­code in 2014.

The com­pany as­sessed 19,000 an­i­mal crash claims na­tion­ally in 2014.

“Wildlife is un­pre­dictable and of­ten driv­ers won’t get any warn­ing be­fore an an­i­mal ap­pears in front of them,” AAMI spokesman Reuben Aitchi­son said.

“When driv­ing on coun­try roads, be aware of your en­vi­ron­ment and slow down to give your­self more time to re­act if you see an an­i­mal cross­ing or stand­ing on the road ahead.”

NRMA In­sur­ance re­searchers have found kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies make up more than 80% of an­i­mal col­li­sions on Queens­land roads, with the num­ber of smashes in­creas­ing in win­ter.

The in­surer’s records re­vealed it fielded more than 1380 claims for an­i­mal crashes on Queens­land roads last year, al­though a Univer­sity of New South Wales study into crashes be­tween 1996 and 2005 found the vast ma­jor­ity of crashes go un­re­ported.

“Of­ten, driv­ers swerve to miss an­i­mals only to hit road­side ob­sta­cles, such as trees and poles or on­com­ing ve­hi­cles,” it found.

Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads fig­ures showed an­i­mal crashes were re­spon­si­ble for 1.8% of all deaths on Queens­land roads last year, with four peo­ple los­ing their lives.

They caused five deaths the pre­vi­ous year.

PHOTO: KARLEILA THOM­SEN FRA080112KANGAR

ROAD KILL: AAMI In­sur­ance pro­cessed 83 kan­ga­roo crash claims from Bund­aberg driv­ers dur­ing 2014.

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