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Police warn: keep an eye out for deer at this time of year

SOUTH BRUCE – South Bruce OPP are warning drivers to be vigilent and pay attention on the roadways after responding to several collisions involving deer.

Between October 7th to the 15th, South Bruce OPP have responded to 12 collisions in the area with deer.

Collisions with deer always spike on rural roadways in the Fall, right up until December. This is the time of year when the animals are more active due to breeding, feeding and hunting patterns.

Deer collisions often cause significant damage to vehicles and in some instances have proven to be fatal. Due to the fact that there is a huge deer population in and around the Southwestern Ontario area, motorists need to know we share the road.

OPP have several recommendations to minimize the chance of hitting deer:

– Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. Deer are particularly active especially at dawn and dusk. Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.

– Watch your speed and be careful when driving at night. Slowing down will give you more time to respond.

– Don’t veer for deer. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when driver swerves to avoid a deer and hits another vehicle or loses control of their own vehicle.

– Do not direct your full attention to the animal when you take measures to avoid hitting it, because this almost always results in colliding with the animal. Instead, focus your attention on the alternative route you decide to take, again only if this manoeuvre doesn’t place you and others in danger.

– Always wear your seat belt. Most people who are injured in car-deer collisions were not wearing their seat belt. Don’t rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.

Collisions with a deer or other animal must be reported to authorities if it results in any personal injury, and/or if damage to the vehicle exceeds $2,000.