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Roe deer more likely to be run over at nightfall on a Sunday in April
Date:4/23/2013

However in July, accidents are probably linked to the mating season.

On the other hand, accidents involving wild boar tend to take place between October and January. "Nights are longer during these months, and therefore the probability is higher as they are nocturnal animals," adds Lagos. In addition, in these months, which coincide with the hunting season, the beaters chase the animals away and they often cross the roads in Galicia".

The risk is greater on Sundays

The number of accidents also increases at weekends, especially on Sundays, due to the increase in the volume of night-time traffic. In the hunting season, the accident rate is higher on Sundays.

The frequency of accidents during the day is linked to the activity of the species. Wild boar are nocturnal and roe deer are more active at dawn and nightfall, which is reflected in the distribution of the accidents.

As well as making drivers more aware of and signposting the more dangerous sections, Lagos believes that "the creation of GPS- and mobile phone-based systems to warn drivers as they approach risk zones may be a more efficient system in Galicia and in the rest of Europe. We are working on this project together with the GEODEM spin-off".


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