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  • Graham
    January 29, 2011 - 18:03

    Here's a suggestion that will reduce collisions and won't cost the gov't a cent, introduce a night time speed limit of 50kms/hr.

  • david
    January 29, 2011 - 17:35

    The animal crossing is one of the besti have seen . It should be done ASAP

  • Johnny On Da' Spot
    January 29, 2011 - 15:53

    Just Because you were driving slow doesnt mean you were paying attention, people are going slow but on cell phones, playing with the radio, eating etc...

  • Frank Corcoran
    January 29, 2011 - 15:47

    Compare the number of moose on the highway to the number of drunk drivers or the amount of unsafe trucks and cars including tractor trailors that zoom by at record speed.... ratio would be what? 1/ 250000

  • Frank Corcoran
    January 29, 2011 - 15:37

    Moose and NL go hand in hand.... Its a part of living there... Theres no avoiding moose / vehicle accidents. Simple answer is to fence along high risk areas and add warning signs where fence ends. Chain link fence isn't that costly and last for years

  • dr
    January 29, 2011 - 13:59

    Discussion is needed to reach a solution. Good for all.

  • Student
    January 29, 2011 - 12:21

    I am a Civil Engineering student, and as a term project I am conducting a feasibility analysis for this type of fencing, and to answer some peoples questions, it costs, on average, $60,000 per Kilometre (YES PER ONE KILOMETRE) to install the fencing, plus a 10% maintenance cost on each kilometre per year after construction. So, what other provinces have done is only fence hot spots, which in other words, are those spots where moose frequent the most. It would be financially impossible to fence the whole highway!

  • tom collingwood
    January 29, 2011 - 11:08

    after contacting insurance co,s police dept of highways over the past five years there hasnt been even close to the 700 -800 accidents a yr.that is over two accidents every single day of the year.just not so. say it enough and it becomes fact. when you get your stats right then you might bring credibility to your cause

    • Jacob
      January 29, 2011 - 12:48

      Never really thought about the stats before, but you make a good point. Are there really over 2 collisions a day on average? That would mean to make up for all the days with no collisions, there are days when possibly 10-20 or more should occur. This just doesn't seem like a reasonable number. I do, in fact, think there are far too many collisions - but this potentially inflated number, as you mentioned, does nothing to help the credibility of such huge projects. I am sure they will look at the numbers in more detail before anything like this gets approved. A point to consider with these crossings is that fences are actually still required to guide wildlife to the overpasses. Looking at it that way, the overpasses may be viewed as only an expensive, unnecessary addition whereas fences would provide adequate safety improvements at much less cost. For this reason I think the province will settle with fences, if anything gets improved at all.

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2011 - 11:02

    This sounds like nonsense to me. We can't possibly fence every highway in the province. What are we going to do when these moose don't use their overpasses, give them a jaywalking ticket? A much, much cheaper and likely more effective solution would be to hand out more moose hunting licenses. Every single Newfoundlander should be entitled to shoot several moose a year.

  • Yet Another Caution Driver From NL
    January 29, 2011 - 10:37

    I don't let the opinions of the few that like to provoke, like Donny Dummy Dooley, change how I feel about this or any other issue. There has to be something done by the Provincial and Federal Governments to try to lessen the number of moose vehicle collisions. That being said, people need not think that these collisions will stop completely, because, as Donny D points out, many people are driving without due care and attention!

  • Yes B'y
    January 29, 2011 - 10:25

    Yes B'y, I suppose we should put up a few signs too, just to let the moose know where their crossing is.

  • Frank Corcoran
    January 29, 2011 - 10:09

    How stupid can people be? An overpass for moose? Do that include direction signs for moose? Do one cow moose say to another cow moose... i want that bull over there but dread the 10km walk to the overpass

  • badameli
    January 29, 2011 - 09:17

    Seems like a very expensive proposal. We have a really long set of highway, a very small population, and a healthy amount of moose. Exactly how many moose crossings would NL need? and how much would each one cost? And what percentage of moose would be expected to cross at the crossings instead of just anywhere? If we put up fencing, how will we maintain it? What will the cost be of (transcanada alone) 1200km x 2 sides of fencing. Will it hold up to the weather here?

  • james
    January 29, 2011 - 09:17

    i guess next thing will be moose school to teach the moose to read

  • Bayman
    January 29, 2011 - 09:02

    All I hear from Eugene Nippard is that there are too many moose... something has got to be done about the moose. I think something needs to be done about the speed of the drivers and the vehicles they drive. I have been travelling at night at or below the posted speed limit when a vehicle would pass me like I'm tied on. You think this is safe knowing what could be on the highway just ahead ? Drivers know the difference and NEED to more cautious while behind the wheel and stop blaming wildlife that don't know the difference. Speed limits should be no more than 80 km on the tch and 70 km on others AT NIGHT. It should be strickly enforced with zero tolerance 70 means 70 not 75. Plus, headlights on many vehicles are garbage. A candle would almost illuminate as much. Invest in after market flood lights for these vehicles as truckers do to increase vision. This along with continued brushcutting and maybe an expansion in brushcutting along the highways will decrease accidents.

  • Cautious Driver
    January 29, 2011 - 08:30

    I am a very cautious driver and the first week of this month while coming across the Tilton/Trinity Bay barrens, I almost struck a moose. I was taking my time as it was late in the night and that road is bad for moose. And the moose was right in the middle of the road. So who in their right mind likes seeing moose on the highway? So Donny, what are you smoking and where can I get some. You must be crazy to like seeing moose on the roads. Not everyone who hits them are driving at high speeds with little caution. You must have never had a close call yourself.

  • Donny Dooley Dildo NL
    January 29, 2011 - 07:27

    Listen! I enjoy seeing moose on the highway. Why is SOPAC trying to take that away from me just becaue their family members and friends were not driving with proper care and attention? Time for these folks to get another hobby.

    • Mr.Mom
      January 29, 2011 - 10:25

      Donny what about those people on the highways that drive the speed limit and probably less at times but still had a moose run in front of them at that split second, too quick for them to react. Now some are either paralyzed or dead. I hope you or your family members dont have to experience that in your life time. Make some sense of what you post.