THE Central Highlands Regional Council is reminding motorists travelling in the region that the stock route network is currently being used by about 7000 cattle from drought-affected areas to the north and west of the state.
These cattle are spread along pirmary and secondary sections of the network along the Gregory Hwy between Clermont and Springsure and the Dawson Hwy between Springsure and Rolleston.
There are 2000 head north of Capella and 5000 head travelling between Emerald and Rolleston.
While drovers are doing their best to keep the mobs under effective control, motorists need to pay attention to the Stock or Droving Ahead signs being placed in droving locations along the network.
Because of dense vegetation in parts of the road corridor, weak cattle and cows calving enroute, there is a high probability of motorists encountering stock that have been inadvertently left behind.
Police have already attended accidents between Emerald and Capella and remind motorists to travel with due care.