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10. Sharing the Road

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Sharing with Animals

Horse-drawn vehicles and riders of horses or other animals are entitled to share the road with you. You also need to know what to do should you encounter stray or wild animals on or near the roadway. Persons riding or driving an animal upon a roadway have all the rights and responsibilities of automobile drivers .

Yellow warning signs are often posted along roadways where animals are likely to enter the road. Slow down and be prepared

to react to animals on the road when you see these signs.

When encountering animals in or along the side of the road, slow down and stop if necessary and follow the orders of the persons in charge of the animal(s). When passing horses or horse-drawn vehicles, drive slowly and do not make any sudden moves with your vehicle. It is dangerous to scare animals on or near roadways by honking horn. It is against the law to scare horses or stampede livestock.

If you see a stray animal in your path, slow down or stop if it is safe to do so.

Many animals are most active around dusk and dawn, so you should be particularly careful when driving during these times. Look for animals that may enter the road as you approach.

Animals may not be transported in the load space or a pickup or other truck unless properly secured to prevent them from falling out of the vehicle.

A collision with a large animal can result in extensive damage to a vehicle and serious injury or death to the occupants of a car. Depending on the size of the animal you are about to hit and your speed, it may be more dangerous to you and your passengers to avoid a collision by slamming on the brakes, swerving into oncoming traffic lanes, or attempting maneuvers that may cause you to lose control of your car.

If you accidentally kill or injure an animal, you should: (a) pull over, (b) try to locate the owner, (c) call the humane society, police, or CHP, (d) never leave the injured animal to die, and (e) never try to move an injured animal

Animal Abandonment Law

CVC Sections 1666.5 and 21376 . These sections require the Department of Transportation to place and maintain on major state highways entering the state, as specified, a sign that states that the abandonment or dumping of any animal is a crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, or by confinement in a county jail for up to six months, or both.

Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 10 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

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  2. In the United States, a bicyclist is killed:


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  3. Pedestrians comprise about what ratio of traffic fatalities?


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  4. If you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights:


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  5. The most common collision in a work zone is from:


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