New road sign to protect wildlife and improve road safety

A new road sign has been unveiled, featuring a hedgehog, with hopes that it will improve road safety and protect animals.

According to the latest Department for Transport figures, hundreds of people are injured every year in collisions involving animals in the road.

The new sign warns road users of hazards in the road ahead and could be placed in areas where accident rates are highest. It has also been designed to help reverse the decline in wildlife numbers, hedgehogs in particular as their populations in rural areas has halved since 2000!

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said: " We have some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking for ways to make them safer. The new small mammal warning sign should help to reduce the number of people killed and injured, as well as helping our precious small wild mammal population to flourish."