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.