Calls for road safety as five swans die

First published in News

CARELESS drivers have killed five swans in road collisions in Mistley.

The latest was found by Alex Smith, from Swanwatch, while she was walking her dog along The Walls.

It comes less than two weeks after two swans were killed – with one of them being decapitated – on the same stretch of road.

Mrs Smith said: “This one on Tuesday was still warm when I found it, so was hit in the early hours of the morning when there is not much traffic and there is little need to rush.

“It is clear the driver was not taking care and just rammed the swan.

“It is horrible. There is just no respect for the amazing wildlife in the area.

“We want to be considered an area of natural beauty, but do we really deserve it if things like this keep happening?

“The swans have not passed away, they have been slaughtered by traffic that speeds along the road.

“We have lost five swans since Boxing Day and probably lose around 50 a year which is a quarter of the group. It is a terrible problem.

“It is something Swanwatch has tried to do something about, but it is nearly impossible to slow the traffic because nobody is listening.”

Mistley parish councillor Ian Tucker believes traffic calming measures should be introduced to stop motorists speeding and hitting the birds.

He said: “Speed bumps would be a way to ensure people keep to the limit or vehicle activated signs to ensure cars slow down.”

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7:12am Mon 20 Jan 14

ibelieveinangels says...

Living local these swans are always in the road. When its dark there is not much light along there and it is hard to miss them. Something needs to be done about it. A bit harsh saying there been slaughtered!!
Living local these swans are always in the road. When its dark there is not much light along there and it is hard to miss them. Something needs to be done about it. A bit harsh saying there been slaughtered!! ibelieveinangels
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8:31am Mon 20 Jan 14

jammin says...

Have to agree...they were run over as they were on the road - they certainly were not slaughtered, bit over dramatic A Smith.

Lets figure out how to keep them off the roads and they will be safe!
Have to agree...they were run over as they were on the road - they certainly were not slaughtered, bit over dramatic A Smith. Lets figure out how to keep them off the roads and they will be safe! jammin
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8:51am Mon 20 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Quote: “It is clear the driver was not taking care and just rammed the swan"

Err, no its not clear, particularly if it happened in the early hours when it was dark, it was most probably an accident the motorist could not avoid.
Quote: “It is clear the driver was not taking care and just rammed the swan" Err, no its not clear, particularly if it happened in the early hours when it was dark, it was most probably an accident the motorist could not avoid. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 2

9:05am Mon 20 Jan 14

The Stinker Returns says...

So if a child was in the road it would be reasonable to run it over if it was a bit dark?
So if a child was in the road it would be reasonable to run it over if it was a bit dark? The Stinker Returns
  • Score: -7

9:48am Mon 20 Jan 14

Shambolic says...

Swans are White. Were the drivers driving without their headlights on? And if they saw them but didn't have time to stop, they were driving too fast. It's only a short stretch of road surely anyone with a brain can manage to drive cautiously for a minute or so?
Swans are White. Were the drivers driving without their headlights on? And if they saw them but didn't have time to stop, they were driving too fast. It's only a short stretch of road surely anyone with a brain can manage to drive cautiously for a minute or so? Shambolic
  • Score: 4

1:12pm Mon 20 Jan 14

YesIAm says...

Technically you are not supposed to stop or slow down if there is an animal such as a swan in the road as avoiding it or breaking hard could cause an accident.
Having said that if these were incidents in the night with little or no traffic around, I would have thought these were avoidable.
Technically you are not supposed to stop or slow down if there is an animal such as a swan in the road as avoiding it or breaking hard could cause an accident. Having said that if these were incidents in the night with little or no traffic around, I would have thought these were avoidable. YesIAm
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12:26am Tue 21 Jan 14

Boris says...

As Shambolic has said, swans are white, therefore any car which hits them is certainly driving far too fast.
Why not close that section of road altogether to vehicle traffic? People coming from Mistley could drive up past the animal rescue centre towards Lawford and then down back into Manningtree. And vice versa.
Years ago, such a closure would not have been needed. Sadly, we now have drivers on the road who may have passed their driving tests, but who behave like utter idiots.
As Shambolic has said, swans are white, therefore any car which hits them is certainly driving far too fast. Why not close that section of road altogether to vehicle traffic? People coming from Mistley could drive up past the animal rescue centre towards Lawford and then down back into Manningtree. And vice versa. Years ago, such a closure would not have been needed. Sadly, we now have drivers on the road who may have passed their driving tests, but who behave like utter idiots. Boris
  • Score: 1

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