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T: 023 8086 4500
M: 075 4532 5209
E: dharrison100@aol.com

Councillor Davod Harrison

Increasing number of accidents

New Forest Animals
New Forest Animals

Very sad to read that the number of accidents involving cars and animals is up by about 20% in the New Forest.

With darker evenings approaching, the problem might well get even worse.

A lot of different organisations are trying to reduce such accidents :

Driving tips:

· Be ready to stop – ponies may step out even when they’ve seen you approaching

· Drive slowly, especially at night and when other cars are approaching with their headlights on

· Give animals grazing by the side of the road a wide berth

· Take extra care when there are animals on the verges on both sides of the road – they may cross to join their friends.

· Remember that deer easily jump the fences alongside roads like the A337, A31 and A35 and when there is one deer more will usually follow

· The faster you are going, the greater the damage will be to the animal, your car and your passengers – start your journey early so you don’t have to hurry.

Who is doing what?

National Park Authority

· Animal Emergency Hotline cards and car window stickers

· Articles in Park Life newsletter and local media coverage

· Developing signs with changing messages with the Highway Authority

Verderers and Agisters

· Temporary ‘animal accident here’ signs at the scene of accidents

· Reflective collars for ponies and donkeys provided free to commoners

· Hit and Run Reward Scheme (up to £1000 for information leading to a conviction)

Hampshire County Council

· Speed limit signs

· Trial Open Forest pinch points on Burley Road, Brockenhurst

· Changing signage on high risk routes

Police

· Speed enforcement operations targeted at speed hot spots

New Forest District Council

· Electronic Speed Indicator Devices (SIDs), Speed Limit Reminder signs (SLRs) and Speed Data Recorders (SDRs).

Forestry Commission

· Open forest roadside scrub cut back by 10-15m on 4-year rotation

· Post and rail fencing at blind spots

Commoners Defence Association

· Encouragement to commoners to use the reflective collars

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