Roos pose road danger
Kangaroo numbers are out of control on Victoria’s country roads, leading to masses of roadkill, according to Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan.
Driving on Hume Fwy between Seymour and Wallan last week, a distance of 59 km, Mr O’Sullivan said he spotted 38 dead animals — 33 of which were kangaroos — at the side of the road.
‘‘This is a huge amount of kangaroos when you consider the length of that stretch of road,’’ he said.
‘‘The frightening thing is that it’s not unusual to see that many kangaroos on the side of the road in recent times, as kangaroo numbers continue to increase.’’
The most recent data available from VicRoads shows that the number of motorists who suffered injuries as a result of collisions with animals reached a 10-year high of 128 in 2015.
Statistics from the RACV also show that in 2015, 5443 animals were the cause for insurance claims, with the majority — 4443 claims — caused by kangaroos.
But Mr O’Sullivan believes kangaroo numbers have increased significantly since then, presenting a safety issue on our roads.
‘‘Encountering a kangaroo on the road is a danger to drivers in ordinary circumstances, but when drivers have to deal with kangaroos in this kind of volume it becomes a huge hazard,’’ he said.
‘‘I myself have had several near misses and I know firsthand how dangerous it is to swerve to miss a kangaroo.
‘‘The large number of kangaroos is a significant risk to road users and I hope that no-one is seriously injured or dies as a result of hitting or swerving to avoid hitting a kangaroo.
‘‘It needs to be addressed to improve road safety and hopefully decrease the number of crashes.’’
Hazard: Kangaroos present a danger on local roads.