Implement speed limits in particular areas (e.g. with high primate densities) to reduce vehicle collisions with primates
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Speed limits in areas with high traffic and high primate densities may help to prevent vehicle collisions with primates and also reduce stress levels in primates. Furthermore, primates may be able to cross roads more easily in areas where speed limits are enforced compared to areas with no traffic regulations. However, a study investigating the barrier effect of roads on the bank vole Myodes glareolus, yellow-necked mouse Apodemus flavicollis and common shrew Sorex araneus found that traffic intensity did not affect crossing rates in any of these species (Rico et al. 2007).
Imposing fines for breaking the speed limit or for colliding with primates is discussed under ‘Impose fines for breaking the speed limit or colliding with primates’.
Rico A., Kindlmann P. & Sedlácek F. (2007) Barrier effects of roads on movements of small mammals. Folia Zoologica, 56, 1-12.