MnDOT officials urge motorists to not try rescuing animals from roads, call 911 instead

Updated: August 08, 2019 02:43 PM

Officials on Thursday urged motorists to not try rescuing animals from busy roadways, but to instead call 911.

MnDOT released a video from a traffic cam, taken last Friday, that shows someone who got out of their car, crossed lanes of traffic and waved their arms for other vehicles to stop while trying to rescue an animal on the shoulder of the highway. It happened on Interstate 394 at the Carlson Parkway exit.


The Minnesota State Patrol in response to the video said on social media, "This video from our partners at @MnDOTnews is a perfect example of why trying to rescue animals from a busy road is a bad idea. Trying to help puts you & other motorists at risk. Call 911 instead."

The video, which can be viewed above, courtesy of MnDOT, is a reminder for all motorists to contact the proper authorities instead of trying to take matters into your own hands.

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