MOTORISTS are being urged to take extra care on New Forest roads following a spate of accidents in the past week.
The ‘add three minutes’ campaign was highlighted by the national park authority yesterday (Tuesday) following the suspected hit-and-run death of a pig near Emery Down.
Last week a further three animals were killed in collisions on Forest roads.
The Add 3 campaign, run by the verderers, NPA and Commoners Defence Association, urges motorists to slow down and add three minutes to their journey – the extra time it would take to drive at 30mph rather than 40mph along some of the most dangerous Forest routes.
Last Friday (18th September) a bay spotted filly was knocked down and killed at around 8.30pm on the B3078 at Nomansland crossroads. Just 10 minutes later at 8.40pm, the verderers received reports a bay mare had been injured at Woodlands Road in Ashurst.
The following evening a North Devon heifer cow was struck and killed on the B3054 at Crockford at around 7.50pm and then at 8.40pm a cow was badly hurt on the B3080 at Turfhill. Agisters attended and the animal had to be destroyed because of its injuries.
Verderers clerk Sue Westward said: “As the evenings are getting darker – and with now more vehicles back on the roads, the number of accidents has spiked.
“It is important to remember that animals have absolutely no road sense so drivers should expect to encounter them on the roads day and night.”
This week it was revealed rewards worth £9,000 had been handed to witnesses who helped secure the convictions of two hit-and-run drivers who left animals to die on New Forest roads.