CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

October 06, 2011 13:53 ET

Don't "Fall" Victim to Wildlife Collisions: CAA North & East Ontario Urges Drivers to Exercise Caution this Autumn

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 6, 2011) - Colourful foliage is not the only thing making an appearance this season; with the onset of autumn comes the re-emergence of active wildlife and, unfortunately, an increase in the number of vehicle collisions with animals.

With the months of October, November and December being peak periods for wildlife collisions, CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) is reminding motorists to exercise caution and vigilance this fall.

"Collisions involving wildlife remain significantly high in many communities throughout North and East Ontario, which is why our Club is reminding motorists to be observant when using local roadways in the coming months," said Korey Kennedy, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for CAANEO. "As animal response is typically unpredictable, motorists are reminded to take care and reduce their speed if they do encounter an animal on or beside a roadway."

According to the latest statistics from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO), 13,954 collisions involving wildlife were reported throughout the province in 2007, though many more go unreported every year. Based on current data, MTO estimates that a vehicle collision with a wild animal occurs every 38 minutes in Ontario, with one out of every 17 motor vehicle collisions involving wildlife.

As fall is the migration season for many animals, there is a higher chance of active wildlife darting out suddenly onto roadways. CAANEO reminds motorists that the best way to avoid a wildlife collision is to reduce your speed if you see an animal on or near a roadway. Reducing your speed will give you additional time to safely respond, as you should never assume an animal will move out of your way.

Other tips to keep in mind this season are:

  • Constantly scan the roadway and its shoulders

  • Use your high beams at night when possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals

  • Take notice of the yellow wildlife warning signs

  • Never swerve suddenly, as this could cause you to lose control or head into ongoing traffic

  • If you see an animal on or crossing the road, brake firmly and stop as safely as possible

  • If possible, avoid driving at dusk and dawn, which is when the majority of wildlife collisions occur

  • Should you see an animal on the side of the road, slow down and take caution; animal reactions are unpredictable

  • Animals often travel in groups, if you see one there may be others following

For more than 100 years, the Canadian Automobile Association has provided Travel, Emergency Road Services, Insurance, and Advocacy for its Members. CAA North & East Ontario continues to be the leading membership organization by recognizing and promoting its heritage and integrity in the community, while maximizing Members' value.

Contact Information

  • Erin Kelly
    Communications Specialist
    CAA North and East Ontario
    613-721-3252
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    ekelly@caaneo.on.ca