Roadside Systems Detect Wildlife to Prevent Collisions

Hitting an unexpected moose with a car can be a fatal encounter. In 2009, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in Canada began installing wildlife sensor and alert systems to reduce the number of animal-vehicle collisions on its highways. The move was more than just a safety measure; these crashes are costly. Collisions with wild animals, which account for about six percent of all collisions in Ontario, cost the province more than $100 million annually in health care, vehicle repair and emergency services costs.