New York State drivers urged to watch out for turtles

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Monday was "World Turtle Day," and you’re encouraged to give turtles a "brake." What does that mean? It means drivers should watch out for turtles crossing roadways as they seek nesting areas to lay their eggs.

In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year by cars.

This warning comes from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. It says while turtles’ shells provide protection from predators, shells don’t protect turtles from cars. Also, if you see a turtle on the road, don’t pick it up and take it home.

To help turtles and other wildlife, the DEC has some recommendations.

You’re encouraged to:

  • Reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink.
  • Don’t litter.
  • Don’t release balloons or lanterns.
  • You can also volunteer for beach and park cleanups.