Date: February 7, 2020
Contact: Captain Ronald Smith
Phone: (203) 230-4029
On a regular basis the Hamden Animal Control Division responds to calls for service involving animals that have been struck by a motor vehicle. This includes both domestics animals and wildlife. Although a great number of us are saddened by these events, there are things that we can do.
- While driving, it is important to scan the road, and the shoulder of the road for animals. Spotting an animal moments earlier, helps a motorist by providing additional reaction time. This is important should an animal run into the road.
- If traveling at night, and if there is no oncoming traffic, use high-beam headlights. This may enable a motorist to observe a domestic animal or wildlife sooner. High beams are useful in spotting some animals reflective eyes.
- Caution should be taken at dawn and dusk. Many animals, including deer are active at this time.
- Most importantly, if everyone would SLOW DOWN and travel at the speed limit, many of these incidents could be avoided.
- And to some, PLEASE don’t intentionally hit animals. You can be arrested.
If a collision is unavoidable, remain in your lane of traffic. Swerving to avoid an animal can cause a serious crash and possible injuries.