Date: August 16, 2021
Contact: Captain Ronald Smith
Phone: (203) 230-4029
Routinely, the Hamden Animal Control Division responds to calls for service, involving animals, both domestic and wildlife, that have been struck by motor vehicles. There are several steps that we can all take.
- While driving, it is important to scan the road, including the shoulder, for animals. Observing an animal, a moment sooner, provides a motorist additional reaction time. This is important should an animal run into the road.
- If traveling in a poorly lit area at night and there is no oncoming traffic, utilize high-beam headlights. This may enable you to clearly observe a domestic animal or wildlife sooner.
- Caution should be taken at dawn and dusk. Many animals, including deer, are active at this time.
- Most importantly, decrease your speed and travel the speed limit. This would help to prevent a number of these incidents.
- Lastly, to some, PLEASE don’t deliberately strike an animal with your motor vehicle. You could be subject to arrest.
If a collision with an animal is unavoidable, remain in your lane of traffic. Swerving to avoid contact may cause you to lose control. You could sustain serious injuries.