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Increase in animal accidents on New Forest roads

Motorists are being urged to slow down on New Forest roads after there was an increase in animal accidents last year.

Increase in animal accidents on New Forest roads

Motorists are being urged to slow down whilst driving on New Forest roads as last year saw an increase in animals being hit by vehicles.

In 2013, a total of 104 animals were killed or injured on the roads, compared to a record low 82 in 2012.

Generally, the number of accidents has dropped from the early 90's when the 40mph limits were introduced.

Sue Westwood, clerk to the Verderers said, "A number of initiatives to combat animal accidents are in place including reflective pony collars, road signs, traffic calming measures and enforcement of the 40mph speed limit."

A four wheel drive car after a collision with an animal in the New Forest Credit: New Forest National Park

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