58 animals died on New Forest roads last year

58 animals died on New Forest roads last year

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:42am 9th January 2020.

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The number of accidents involving livestock also rose slightly from 2018.

The latest figures show there were 159 accidents across the New Forest in 2019 up slightly from 154 in the previous year.

Crashes claimed the lives of 58 ponies, pigs, cattle, donkey and sheep down 8% from 2019 where 63 lost their lives.

Some were killed outright but others were left fatally injured and had to be put down by an agister.

Over the course of last year 32 were also left injured.

More than a quarter of accidents happened in daylight and 49 involved local motorists.

New Forest Pony - ponies in the road  at Godshill Roger Penny Way (Mike Draper (5)
Livestock like donkeys have the right to roam on the New Forest

HIT AND RUN

The stats also show 27 accidents were classed as hit and run where a driver was involved in a crash with livestock but failed to report it.

SAD START TO THE YEAR

2020 hasn't got off to a good start with two ponies killed in the first few days.

A grey filly had to be put down after being badly hurt in a hit and run at Hilltop on the B3054 around 7pm on the 3rd of January.

The young pony was left lying in the road with injuries to its head and leg, a white wing mirror was found nearby by police.

The following day a mare on another stretch of the same road had to be put down.

PLEA TO CALL AUTHORITIES IF INVOLVED IN A CRASH

There are simple rule to follow if you are sadly involved in an accident with any livestock on the New Forest.

If you don't you could be leaving an animal to suffer unnecessary pain.

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NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY RESPONSE

Nigel Matthews, of the New Forest National Park Authority, heads up the Animal Accident Reduction Group, which is made up of local organisations:

"Every animal death is a great loss to its owner and the Forest. People have worked hard together to reduce the number of accidents by 40% over the last 10 years, but one accident is too many.

"Many things are done by several organisations all year round. At this peak time for accidents there will be prominent road warning signs, the mobile police speed camera van is out day and night, and a social media campaign urges drivers to slow down and #add3minutes to their journey."

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