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Aussie hotspots for roadkill 

I have never seen so many kangaroos on and around the road as I have in the Canberra region and this is now reflected in a study of insurance claims on roadkill crashes by AAMI.

It found that the nation’s capital was the top hotspot for animal collisions.

Hitting animals is not just an inconvenience for riders, but can also be fatal.

In another study we published in 2016, a Suncorp study found kangaroos and wallabies the biggest enemy of riders accounting for 70% of all crashes with animals.

Dogs are next with 7.7% of all motorcycle-versus-animal strikes, but it would have been worse years ago before fencing laws.

AAMI’s study of more than 21,000 AAMI animal collision claims between 1 February 2019 and 31 January 2020 found that almost one third of Australia’s animal-related accidents took place on NSW roads.

Top animal collision hotspots per state


#1 State hotspots



New South Wales






Western Australia


South Australia

Port Augusta



Australian Capital Territory


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Kangaroos in plague proportions

While Canberra’s reign as Australia’s animal collision hotspot continues for a fourth consecutive year, new entrants to this year’s list include Dubbo in New South Wales, Heathcote in Victoria, Roma in Queensland and Kingston in Tasmania.

Kristie Newton from WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) said the summer bushfires have wiped out an estimated one billion native animals, and the devastating loss of so much bushland has left many displaced and vulnerable.

“As native animals come closer to the road to feed, drivers should be extra vigilant especially near water sources like creeks or gullies where thick fog can occur and reduce drivers’ visibility.”

Top five animal collision hotspots in each state

New South Wales

1.   Dubbo

2.   Goulburn

3.   Mudgee

4.   Cooma

5.   Inverell


1.   Heathcote

2.   Gisborne

3.   Wallan

4.   Sunbury

5.   Woodend


1.   Roma

2.   Goondiwindi

3.   Moranbah

4.   Middlemount

5.   St George

South Australia

1.   Port Augusta

2.   Mount Gambier

3.   Coober Pedy

4.   Morgan

5.   Whyalla


1.   Kingston

2.   Launceston

3.   Cambridge

4.   Hobart

5.   George Town

Australian Capital Territory

1.   Canberra

2.   Kambah

3.   Belconnen

4.   Hume

5.   Symonston

Click here for our tips on how to avoid becoming roadkill.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Roadkill Reporter app may save riders

Riders are being urged to use a mobile phone Roadkill Reporter app to record roadkill in an effort to identify hotspots and help save lives.

The latest Austroads Guide to Road Safety Part 5: Road Safety for Rural and Remote Areas found that motorcycles are significantly over-represented in crashes with animals.

It cited Australian insurance data that found more than 80% of animal crashes involved kangaroos. Other common animal strike crashes involved wombats, dogs, cats, and cattle.Riders are being urged to use a mobile phone app to record roadkill in an effort to identify hotspots and help save lives. Roadkill Reporter app

“The majority of animal/vehicle collisions in Australia occur on regional and remote roads and most often take place around dawn and dusk or during the darker hours,” it found.

However, Austroads also noted an underreporting of animal-related crashes.

Roadkill Reporter app

Roadkill Reporter appTo help identify hotspots for roadkill crashes, all Australians are this month asked to download the free Roadkill Reporter app for Android and Apple iOS which was developed by wildlife scientist Bruce Englefield.

The app allows users to take a photo which is GPS and time stamped that is then logged online with authorities.

Data is then used to “mitigate” roadkill crashes in hotspot areas with remedies such as over- and under-road crossings for animals, signage, fences.

A 2016 study by Californian non-profit science and medicine research communication hub, PLOS, found that fences were the most effective measure, reducing roadkill by 54%.

Misreported crashesRoo kangaroo roadkill animals hazards

Independent Riders Group spokesman Damien Codognotto says animal-strike crashes can often be mis-reported as single-vehicle crashes.

“No carcass, blame the rider. Tick ‘lost control of the bike’,” he says.

“Riders hit, or are hit by, animals on Australian roads; the rider goes down; the animal goes into the bush to die.

“VicPol turns up quarter of an hour later and an officer, probably with no scientific training, gets out an electronic device and ticks digital boxes.

“VicPol, do not record roadkill in the crash reports of far too many collisions.

“VicRoads concludes motorcycles are dangerous and roadkill is not a major hazard.

“Victoria’s crash stats are unreliable and often misleading. Then VicRoads multiplies the hazard by fencing run-off areas with kilometre after kilometre of roadside barriers that keep frightened wildlife on the tar.”

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Cows also have right of way in Queensland!

He urged all riders around the nation to download the app and start recording areas with roadkill and known crash sites.

Animal strikes are a very serious threat to all road users, especially motorcycle and scooter riders,” he says.

“It is also a horrible thing to lose so much of our wildlife each year.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com