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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
www.rochesbeachliving.com.au State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress Call John Crane to inspect. Free call 1800 246 418 Each year RACT Insurance releases figures on policy holders' claims related to animals on roads and roadkill in Tasmania in the previous 12 months. In 2010, there is some good news. Figures for claims in 2009 show a 10% decrease in the incidence of roadkill and claims for crashes and damage caused when drivers swerve to avoid anim als on the road. It's the first decrease in a number of years, according to Trent Sayers, Chief Executive of R ACT Insurance. There were 514 claims relating to animals on the road in 2009, compared to 577 in 2008. "One reason our claims experience declined last year may be weather-related. We take a close interest in the work of experts in the area of roadkill, although animal behaviour is not an area where we claim expertise. However, one of the wettest years on record may have kept animals in the bush, instead of seeking out pools of water by the roadside." Most claims in 2009 covered incidents that occurred at daw n and dusk. While 50% of claims occurred between 5pm and 11pm, it was significant that 12% of claims occurred between 4am and 7am. Given the low volumes of traffic on the roads at this time, the daw n period is clearly a particularly dangerous time for both animals and motorists. While claims came from all over the state last year, the main concentration of incidents were the Der went Valley/ Southern Central Highlands and Launceston, followed by the Boat Harbour area and Brighton/Southern Midlands. The RACT is a strong supporter of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program - Roadkill Project, which is collecting information to help determine how significant roadkill is to the survival of populations already depleted by Devil Facial Tumour Disease. Roadkill insurance claims down Claims experience facts • In 20 0 9, the average cost of repairs to a vehicle decreased slightly from $17 76 in 2008 to $1714 last year • Wallabies accounted for 76% of claims (81% in 20 0 8) • Domestic animals were the second largest group involved in claims followed by wombats and possums • An encounter with deer caused the highest repair bills – an average of $2900, although one major collision resulted in a repair bill of $16,000 • The average repair bill for a claim involving wallabie s was $1524 • At the lower end of the repair bill was an average $2056 for a collision with a possum Life on the move Life on the move 27 June /July 2010
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