CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO)

May 09, 2011 09:12 ET

WATCH OUT FOR WILDLIFE: CAA North & East Ontario Urges Drivers to Exercise Caution on the Road This Spring

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - Warm weather and sunshine are not the only things that are making a return. The change in season also brings with it the re-emergence of active wildlife and, unfortunately, an increased number of vehicle collisions with animals.

With May and June being peak periods for wildlife collisions, CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO) is reminding motorists to exercise caution and vigilance when driving.

"During the months of May and June, many animals will stay close to roadways to escape biting insects," said Korey Kennedy, Manager of Public & Government Affairs. "As collisions involving wildlife remain high in communities throughout North & East Ontario, our Club reminds motorists to be observant when using local roadways in the coming months."

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), in 2007, 13,954 motor vehicle collisions involving a wild animal were reported, though many more go unreported each year. The MTO also notes that on average there is a vehicle collision with wildlife every 38 minutes in the province, and one out of every 17 motor vehicle collisions involves wildlife.

CAA North & East Ontario advises all road-users to be cautious when travelling in rural areas, and to pay special attention to yellow warning signs that have been posted to indentify specific areas as having a history of wildlife collisions.

Here are some other simple and sensible tips for avoiding wildlife collisions:

  • Constantly scan the roadway and its shoulders
  • Use high beams when possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals
  • Brake firmly if you see an animal crossing or standing on the road; do not expect that the animal will move out of your way
  • Wildlife often travel in groups; if you see one, others may follow
  • Never swerve your vehicle suddenly to avoid an animal as this could cause you to lose control and head into oncoming traffic
  • If possible, avoid driving at dusk and dawn, which is when the majority of wildlife collisions occur

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 & East Ontario
    613-721-3252
    Cell: 613-290-3648
    ekelly@caaneo.on.ca