ST. JOHN’S — The Save Our People Action Committee (SOPAC) is not the only group pressing the provincial government to find ways to reduce the incidence of moose-vehicle accidents.
In light of reports of failures with the moose sensor system being piloted at two locations in the province, Opposition Leader Eddie Joyce is calling on government to explore improved methods that could make the highways safer and more reliable for motorists.
Joyce, who is also the Transportation and Works critic, believes there are other alternatives. For example, he said, New Brunswick installed hundreds of kilometres of wildlife fences which have proven to work.
The province installed fences along a small portion of the highway in western Newfoundland and Joyce said it’s important for government to evaluate whether or not this has helped to reduce the number of accidents.
He said the fact the sensor systems are not functioning at an acceptable level is extremely concerning since our province has the highest population of moose in the world and moose-vehicle accidents are a serious and common occurrence.
“We have detectors that don’t function as they should and provide a false sense of security for motorists,” said Joyce. “People need to be aware that these sensors aren’t reliable and caution and alertness are key when travelling on the province’s highways.”