OPP offering tips after jump in collisions with deer
South Bruce OPP are reminding drivers to be aware after 26 crashes involving deer in the region so far this month.
Officials say from Oct. 1-28, 26 motor vehicle crash have been investigated involving deer. Fortunately there were no injuries.
As a result of the high number of collisions, OPP are reminding drivers of some safety tips to help reduce the chance of hitting a deer.
Some things drivers should keep in mind include:
- The highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions are from sunset to midnight and around sunrise so slow down and be attentive.
- Scan from shoulder to shoulder when watching the road ahead.
- Use high beam headlights at night when there is no oncoming traffic, they better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
- Deer seldom run alone, if you see one deer, others may be nearby.
- Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
- Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane, 'don't veer for deer.'
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.
Similar warnings and reminders have been issued in Perth County, where OPP have also reported 26 deer-vehicle collisions so far in October, including one involving a school bus south of Sebringville.
Meanwhile in Norfolk County, officials responded to five deer-related collisions in just two days last week.
Traditionally, November is the worst month for deer collisions, as there is an increase in deer movement.
If you do hit a deer, police say you should stay calm and pull off to the side of the road as far as possible and active your hazard lights. Call 911 if there are any injuries. You must report the collision if damage exceeds $1,000, you can contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.