Turtle Crossing Ahead
I found a news story on WBNG's website where State officials are urging New York drivers to be on the lookout for turtles on the move. The story said that in May and June turtles migrate to nesting areas and that they're more likely to cross roads near rivers and marshy areas.
I've seen turtles on the road before, mainly while down south. And some of them were huge. So big that if you hit one it would probably damage your car. I remember on Route 17c in Owego, in the area of Mr. Tire (where Kost Tire used to be) a person used to put signs up signs warning people to be on the lookout for the turtles crossing in that area. I never saw any as I drove down that road, but I always thought how bad would it be if somebody was reading the sign when they actually hit and killed a turtle. WBNG's report went on to say that drivers should only stop and moved turtles when conditions are safe. God, I hope people heed that advice. I would hate to be driving down 17 at 65 m.p.h. and have someone jump out of their car and run across the highway to try and save a turtle in the middle of the road.
I wonder if we'll start seeing big yellow turtle crossing signs on roads like the deer crossing signs that line our roadways? I'm guessing not. So again, if you're driving down the road and there appears to be a rock slowly moving across the highway... it's probably a turtle going to lay its eggs.