Frontenac OPP cautioning drivers about animal crossings

With springtime upon us, it is important to think about traffic safety and potential collisions with wildlife.

The Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has had several reports of a moose close to the road at the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 509, near Sharbot Lake. Drivers have stopped on the side of these busy roads to take pictures. OPP say this causes safety concerns for the people, other traffic passing by, and the animal.

The OPP would like to remind drivers that collisions with animals can happen at any time of year and to use particular caution when driving in low light and at night. At those times, OPP say one should:

• Slow down and scan both sides of the road.

• Use high beams when no other traffic is approaching.

• Watch for road signs that indicate a high risk area.

If you spot an animal beside the road:

• Slow down until you have safely passed it.

• Expect more animals to follow.

• Animals near the roadside may bolt suddenly, so approach with caution.

• Turn on your flashers to warn other drivers.

And, if the animal is in your path:

• Brake firmly but do not swerve to avoid it.

• Sound your horn in a series of short bursts to frighten it away.

• Provided you can slow down with control, steer around the animal but stay on the highway.

• Watch out for oncoming traffic

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