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Wandering stock continue to cause concern on SH 35

The New Zealand Transport Agency has again expressed concern about the ongoing number of stock wandering incidents on the region's highways, particularly State Highway 35.

A cow was killed recently on SH35 when struck by a car, and the vehicle was badly damaged.

Waka Kotahi regional transport systems manager Oliver Postings said the NZTA had previously issued reminders to farmers to keep their stock secure.

“But we are aware this issue is ongoing, so we are working with the Gisborne District Council, Federated Farmers, WorkSafe and NZ Police to help spread awareness about the dangers of wandering stock on our roads.

“We're working on a joint campaign that we expect will get under way later this year.”

Mr Postings said Waka Kotahi would also be engaging with the community on the issue.

The Herald has been told that many people have been choosing to use Facebook to spread wandering stock messages, instead of using the 0800 number.

“We again remind anyone who comes across stock on the road to please call 0800 HIGHWAYS immediately,” Mr Postings said.

“That's so our contractors can quickly work to secure the stock before they cause a crash.”