Not so ducky to brake for waterfowl
SYDNEY – They’re cute but stopping to avoid those adorable duckies crossing the roads and highways this spring could have serious consequences for drivers, including accidental death.
“We know that a driver’s initial reaction is to immediately brake when they see an animal on the road,” says Cpl. Glynis Thomas of RCMP Cape Breton Traffic Services, who says areas around Mira Road and Marion Bridge are especially subject to duck crossings. “We want to remind drivers how important it is to be aware of their surroundings before braking. If someone is right behind you on the highway, it’s very dangerous to stop suddenly and will put other motorists in danger.”
If you see wildlife on the roads, Thomas advises calling police or the Department of Natural Resources.
“We have the proper equipment to ensure our safety and the safety of the public,” added Cpl. Thomas.