Qld drivers served winter wildlife warning: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has warned motorists to be extra vigilant in coming months as new data revealed winter was the worst time for collisions with animals on Queensland roads.

Kangaroo wildlife sign

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said more than 10,000 insurance claims for collisions with animals were received in the past three years, with June, July and August the highest risk months.

“RACQ has seen a seven percent increase from 2016-2017 in crashes involving animals, and it’s raised serious concerns for drivers,” Ms Clinton said.

“Our data shows the cooler months are a peak time for these types of crashes, so as we head into winter we’re pleading with motorists to be on high alert.”

Ms Clinton said RACQ research revealed more than 30 percent of members surveyed had hit an animal while driving, and most reported the animal jumped or flew in front of the vehicle unexpectedly.

“If you’re driving in an area where animals could be present, slow down and take note of any signage about local wildlife,” she said.

“Avoid driving at dawn and dusk when animals are out foraging. With less green grass available in winter time, animals are often seen on the roadside looking for food.

“Most importantly, never get behind the wheel unless you’re absolutely up to the task of driving. If you’re distracted, tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol your reaction time will be slower than normal.”

Monthly motor vehicle collisions with animals (1 January 2015 – 30 December 2017):

  1. July – 1173 claims
  2. August – 1139 claims
  3. June – 1064 claims
  4. September – 1021 claims
  5. May – 984 claims
  6. October – 897 claims
  7. April – 847 claims
  8. November – 776 claims
  9. December – 765 claims
  10. January – 738 claims
  11. March – 674 claims
  12. February – 559 claims.