Fisheries and Land Resources
Transportation and Works
May 19, 2017
Motorists Advised to Be Vigilant in Watching for Moose on Roadways
The Departments of Transportation and Works, and Fisheries and Land Resources are warning all motorists to slow down and be vigilant in watching for moose, especially over the next several days as many people will be travelling throughout the province during the Victoria Day weekend.
Motorists are encouraged to report moose sightings and accidents by calling 1-855-896-6673 (1-855-89-MOOSE).
In 2016, there were 580 moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland and Labrador. While moose-vehicle collisions can happen year-round, most occur between May and October, and though moose are more likely to be seen along highways and roadways at dusk and dawn, collisions often take place during other times of the day, especially at night when moose are more difficult to see.
The Provincial Government partners with the Save Our People Action Committee (SOPAC) each year to increase moose-vehicle collision awareness and distribute information at tourist information chalets and other public venues throughout the province. This information provides advice on how to avoid collisions. Some of those tips include:
- Scanning both sides of the highway when you travel;
- Paying close attention to warning signs;
- Avoiding driving at dusk and dawn when moose are more common alongside highways;
- Having passengers also watch for moose; and
- Not travelling at night when moose are more difficult to see.
“At this time of year, moose are very active throughout the province and can often be found in close proximity to roads and highways. I encourage all motorists to reduce the risk of moose-vehicle collisions as they travel throughout the province this year by observing moose warning signage, obeying posted speed limits and slowing down when weather conditions warrant.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
“High risk areas are marked with warning signs. However, motorists should expect to encounter moose anywhere on the Trans-Canada Highway or secondary roads. The best way you can avoid a moose-vehicle collision is to slow down and drive with caution.”
Honourable Al Hawkins
Minister of Transportation and Works
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For tips on how to avoid moose-vehicle collisions – www.roads.gov.nl.ca
2017 05 19 10:10 a.m.