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.
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.