Skip to comments.Moose Warnings Go Unheeded
Posted on 10/25/2011 7:51:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Hardly a week has gone by this autumn without reports of serious collisions between vehicles and moose in Norway. A new study indicates motorists arent taking posted warnings about moose on the roads seriously.
Moose wander dangerously close to roads and into urban areas at all times of the year, but autumn seems to be high season. PHOTO: Morten Andersen Several of the accidents in recent weeks have been serious indeed, with one collision tearing off the entire roof of a car that hit a fully-grown moose on a country road in Østfold, southeast of Oslo. Both occupants of the car, young women in their 20s, were so badly injured that they were flown in separate helicopters to the countrys biggest hospital in the capital, in an effort to save their lives.
The early morning and early evening hours are generally the times of greatest moose danger on the roads, as the so-called kings of the forest emerge from the woods for grazing and often seek open areas. With their hormones in high gear at this time of year, the animals can be more active and aggressive as well. The annual moose hunt is expected to reduce their numbers, but Norways large moose population is likely to remain at high levels, boosting the collision danger.
These signs are frequently seen along Norwegian roads, but apparently not always respected. PHOTO: Wikipedia Motorists ignore warning signs Yet a new study conducted for insurance company Tryg indicates motorists dont pay attention to the prominent moose warnings along state highways and local roads. News bureau NTB reports that nearly half of the motorists responding admitted they fail to reduce their speed when they see a warning sign for either moose or deer on the road.
Fully 45 responded that a collision with moose, deer and other large animals is what they fear the most while out driving, but the study suggests theyre not doing enough to avoid accidents.
Only 22 percent said they immediately reduce their speed when passing a warning sign, and then increase speed again gradually. Just 32 percent responded that they reduce speed and continue driving at a lower speed until the area of special danger has been passed.
Men aged 25 to 44 years were the least careful, according to the study, with few taking any special precautions or being especially attentive while driving through areas with a lot off moose or where moose migration tendencies are likely to bring them over roads.
Motorists in the counties of Agder and Rogaland were the least careful, followed by counties in northern Norway, reported NTB.
Makes you wonder the danger level at Frost Bite Falls?
Self ping for after-shower updates.
For more informative information on moose problems see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2774915/posts
I thought Moo was out shopping for Halloween candy ... someone ran into her and tore up their car?
Oh yeah,, when the moose hits the van,, don’t say ya weren’t warned..
Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti.
Don’t know about Norway, but in Maine and New England, it’s pretty well understood by truckers that you NEVER blow your airhorns at a bull moose. A driver who go up there every spring for seed potatoes told me that he had specific orders from his boss/new father-in-law NOT to ever do it, even if the moose blocked the road and forced him to sit until it moved on.
He said that is exactly what happened, and growing impatient, he blew the airhorns. The bull moose attacked the truck and basically destroyed the cab. When the moose wore himself out, the truck was so torn up it was not legal to drive on the road.
Note to Scandinavians: Moose are less dangerous than Moose-lims.
Something similar happened to a friend of mine at Loring AFB in Maine in the 80’s. She was heading home from the club after a squadron party; a bull moose stood in the middle of the road. She stopped her Gremlin and they stared at each other for a bit then the moose went ballistic and attacked her car, totaling it. The insurance agent asked her if she could describe the moose. She was a teetotaler before the attack; I’m sure I wouldn’t have been after that.