Baldivis is the worst location in WA for animal crashes for the third year in a row, according to new data released by insurer AAMI.
It will be little surprise to West Australians that the rest of the top five places were taken up by regional locations, with Margaret River, Geraldton, Jurien Bay and Mandurah all named.
Nationally, Canberra is the top location in the country for kangaroo collisions.
AAMI spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said now was the time for drivers to be extra vigilant.
“As the days shorten, motorists are sharing the road with animals for longer periods of time as they are most active during dawn or dusk,” she said.
“Simple things like being aware of your surroundings, driving to the speed limits, and being extra vigilant at dawn and dusk can help keep you and our wildlife safe.”
The data was pulled from more than 9000 accident insurance claims across Australia between March 2018 and February 2019.
AAMI’s tips for sharing the road with animals
- If you notice road kill, slow down and pay extra attention because it’s an indicator of wildlife in the area.
- If you spot a kangaroo crossing the road, it’s a sign that more roos will be following as they move in groups.
- If you see an animal on the road, slow down and brake, but avoid swerving so as not to endanger yourself and other drivers on the road.
- If you’re involved in a collision with an animal, stop to check its welfare, but only if it is safe to do so. If the animal is alive and injured, call your local wildlife rescue service.
- If it’s a dead kangaroo, check if it is a female and if there’s a joey(s) in her pouch or around her. Pouches/ flaps of echidnas should also be checked as well as the surrounding area, as often young echidnas are dislodged during a vehicle collision.