Stay alert to avoid roos on our roads
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.
ROAD KILL: AAMI Insurance processed 83 kangaroo crash claims from Bundaberg drivers during 2014.