The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) was recently raising awareness about the importance of remaining alert for wildlife on California roadways. During Watch Out for Wildlife Week, which ran from September 18-24, Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) worked to get the word out about roadway safety where wildlife is concerned. In addition to raising awareness about how to safely navigate through wildlife-heavy traffic areas through their Watch Out for Wildlife campaign, they’ve also taken active steps within various California communities to reduce potential wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve ecological sustainability.
Signs, Fencing and Wildlife Undercrossings
In various wildlife-heavy areas throughout the State of California, there have been signs, fencing and under crossings added to improve safety for motorists and wild animals. Undercrossings are tunnels that go underneath roadways, so those wild animals; like deer, bears, mountain lions and other types of wildlife can safely cross roadways and continue with their normal migration, foraging, and hunting patterns. Listed below are some important wildlife safety tips for drivers too.
Wildlife Safety Tips for Motorists
- Be alert, especially in wildlife areas.
- Reduce your speed, so you can react safely.
- Pay particularly close attention during morning and evening hours, as wildlife is most active at dawn and dusk.
- If you see one animal cross the road, know that there may be others close behind.
- Don’t litter, because the odor attracts animals to the roadway.
Wildlife Safety in San Diego
Ultimately, the best way to stay safe in areas with wildlife is to stay focused on the road. Distracted drivers aren’t going to be able to swiftly react if a deer jumps in front of their car. It only takes a split second for a wild animal to wander into the roadway. Drivers need to be vigilant and alert for any potential roadway hazard whenever they get behind the wheel.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.