Kangaroo numbers are out of control on local roads

The Nationals Member for Northern Victoria Luke O’Sullivan has said kangaroo numbers are out of control on Victoria’s roads, citing a large number of dead kangaroos on most country roads in Victoria.

“Just this week alone driving on the Hume Freeway between Seymour and Wallan, which is 59 km, I saw 38 dead animals on or beside the Hume Freeway. 33 of those were dead kangaroos.” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“This is a huge amount of kangaroos when you consider the length of that stretch of road.

“The frightening thing is that it’s not unusual to see that many kangaroos on the side of the road in recent times, as kangaroo numbers continue to increase.”

The most recent data available from VicRoads shows that the number of motorists who suffered injuries as a result of collisions with animals reached a 10-year high of 128 in 2015.

“I believe kangaroo numbers have increased significantly since then.

“Encountering a kangaroo on the road is a danger to drivers in ordinary circumstances, but when drivers have to deal with kangaroos in this kind of volume it becomes a huge hazard.

“I myself have had several near misses and I know firsthand how dangerous it is to swerve to miss a kangaroo.

“The large number of kangaroos is a significant risk to road users and I hope that no one is seriously injured or dies as a result of hitting or swerving to avoid hitting a kangaroo.”

Statistics from the RACV show that in 2015, 5443 animals were the cause for insurance claims with the majority, 4443 claims, caused by kangaroos.

“The number of kangaroos around is a huge danger to road users. It needs to be addressed to improve road safety and hopefully decrease the number of crashes.”

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