SA drivers urged to roo-main aware on the roads

22 July 2014

With SGIC claims data showing that kangaroos account for over 75 per cent of all animal related collisions on SA roads, the insurer is urging drivers to be alert while at the wheel*.

The insurer’s data also showed that dogs, cattle, cats and emus are the other animals most likely to be involved in a collision in SA.

SGIC Head of Research Robert McDonald said kangaroo collisions generally peak in the winter months, posing a hopping hazard to drivers.

“We encourage drivers to slow down when driving, particularly at sunrise and sunset as this is when kangaroos are often most active and looking for food and an increased number of collisions occur,” said Mr McDonald.

Mr McDonald said that although most animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats are near cars.

“We want to urge all drivers to be aware when at the wheel. How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives.If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, you can call your local wildlife group or the Police,” Mr McDonald said.

SGIC offers some advice for SA drivers:

  • If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision
  • Reduce your speed inside sign posted wildlife areas
  • If you hit the animal and safety permits, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the road to prevent further crashes
  • Don’t force the animal to eat or drink
  • Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre such as SA Fauna Rescue
SA hotspotsNumber of animal collisions
1Mount Gambier27
2Port Augusta20
3Morgan19
4Hawker15
5Renmark10
6Blanchetown8
7Coober Pedy7
8Kingston SE7
9Salt Creek7
10Whyalla7
11Williamstown7

* Based on SGIC Comprehensive Car Insurance Claims data for the 2013 calandar year.

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