Police concerned with number of moose accidents on peninsula

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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.

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.

 

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  • Jack H Burton
    September 01, 2014 - 16:41

    Something has to be done with the moose population. A lot of people have been killed and a lot more have suffer because of those animals. I would suggest a year round open season without having to get a licence(Less money for the Government to waste). Plus I'm sure the province can survive without moose.We have without cod for years. Just my thought on the subject.

  • concernedbaygirl
    August 30, 2014 - 08:55

    Maybe the Government should spent some extra funds in the area, and cut all the brush back on the highway. The roads on the Baie Verte Peninsula are all grown in with trees. You don't see that anywhere else in the bigger towns here in the province. It seems as though the smaller towns always get put on the bottom off the list, when things need to be done. Time for the government to treat all of the small communities and big towns the same. Safety is a major key, for everyone. Not just the people in the bigger towns of Newfoundland.

  • G Hynes
    August 29, 2014 - 20:30

    You should also include the pot holes as a major factor. I spent more time driving on the wrong side of the road than the right side

  • Deryck
    August 29, 2014 - 08:08

    well open up the moose hunting season to non residents .. and lower the hunting fees.. they are nothing more than a tax grab anyways.. and hunters can help reduce the accidents and feed several people as well..