Transportation and Works
Fisheries and Land Resources
May 18, 2018
Motorists Advised to Drive Safe, Be Vigilant to Avoid Moose Collisions
With the arrival of the summer recreation season and increasing traffic throughout the province during the Victoria Day weekend, motorists are advised to slow down and be vigilant in watching for moose on roadways.
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.
Motorists are encouraged to report all moose sightings and accidents by calling 1-855-896-6673 (1-855-89-MOOSE).
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
- Avoiding travelling at night when moose are more difficult to see.
While moose-vehicle collisions can happen year-round, most occur between May and October. In 2017, there were 112 moose-vehicle collisions in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“A driver’s best defence against a moose collision is to slow down and drive with caution. While high-risk areas along provincial roadways are marked with warning signs and cleared of roadside brush, motorists should expect to encounter moose anywhere on our roads. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works
“This Victoria Day long weekend, motorists are reminded to stay alert. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is working diligently to sustain moose and caribou populations in the province, bearing in mind their socioeconomic benefits and cultural significance. Consequentially, we have reduced the overall moose quota for resident hunters in all areas besides Moose Reduction Zones along the Trans-Canada Highway. We are committed to the safety of both the citizens and the wildlife of our province, and aim for both populations to exist in harmony.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources
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For tips on how to avoid moose-vehicle collisions – www.roads.gov.nl.ca
2018 05 18 9:50 a.m.