Roos pose road dan­ger

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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