Not so ducky to brake for wa­ter­fowl

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page -

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.

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