Newfoundland and Labrador Trying to Reduce Moose Collisions
With an upcoming election, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is taking some preemptive measures to appease voters, by spending $5 million on programs to reduce moose collisions. The province already spends $2 million a year on tree and brush cutting along the roads, they are going to add another million to that effort. Also there will be fences built in areas where there is a lot of moose activity, with boulder walls placed at the beginning and end of the fence to make it more difficult for moose to get onto the road. Warning lights will be installed, the lights will be set off by the large animals, and then flash, warning drivers to slow down.
Police estimate there were 800 accidents with moose last year alone and 2 of them were fatal.
Some think these measures should have been put in place years ago, and that they are only doing it now after the class-action lawsuit filed by moose collision victims, and because there is an election in October. "I think they’re doing the bare minimum they think they can get away with and not suffer the wrath of voters in the election in October. So far they don’t think that requires them to make any financial amends for the people who’ve been injured in the past," lawyer Ches Crosbie, representing the class-action plaintiffs, said of the pilot project. From The Chronicle Herald.