RCMP in Baie Verte are again warning motorists about the dangers of driving on the highways, especially at night, but also at any time during the day.
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SENSORS – The province has erected signs in the past, like this one past Grand Falls-Windsor on the Trans-Canada Highway, reminding drivers to watch out for moose. With funding announced in August, government will soon erect and activate sensors designate to spy big game on the TCH, including moose and caribou.
Corporal Justin Hewlett says the Baie Verte RCMP detachment have responded to 16 motor vehicle collisions on the Peninsula this summer.
"Those are the ones we know about," he said. "It's possible there are more. In fact I'm willing to guess there are more."
Hewlett says the number of moose on the highways is staggering, and motorists should be extra careful when travellng the roads.
"Speed is the biggest factor, because it affects a person's ability to stop in a timely fashion and to see a moose in time if it happens to pop out in front of them," he explains.
Of the 16 incidents, he says 14 of those accidents happened between 9:30pm and 5:00am. Proof that nighttime driving is especially in need of people exercising caution.
Most of the accidents have also happened on Highway 410.
"We can't stress the importance of being aware of speed enough," he said. "Especially at night on the 410 as it could be the deciding factor if you walk away from one of these collisions."
RCMP say they pulled the numbers since May 27 of this year.