19 col­li­sions with deer this month in Es­sex


Es­sex County OPP are urg­ing driv­ers to be on the look­out for deer af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing 19 crashes in­volv­ing the an­i­mals since Nov. 1.

Pay special at­ten­tion dur­ing the high-risk hours shortly be­fore and af­ter sun­rise, and from sun­set to mid­night. Be ex­tra cau­tious when driv­ing through ar­eas known to have large deer pop­u­la­tions. If you see one deer, there are likely more nearby.

When driv­ing at night, put on your high beams when there is no on­com­ing traf­fic to bet­ter il­lu­mi­nate the eyes of deer on the road.

Po­lice said you should also slow down to give your­self more time to re­act. When you do see a deer, brake firmly, stay in your lane and don’t swerve.

OPP say if you hit a deer or any other an­i­mal and some­one is hurt, you are re­quired to re­port it to po­lice. The same goes for a col­li­sion with an an­i­mal that causes more than $2,000 worth of dam­age to your ve­hi­cle.

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