A deer warn­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors -

Safety or­gan­i­sa­tion GEM Mo­tor­ing As­sist is ad­vis­ing driv­ers to take ex­tra care in ar­eas where deer are com­mon, as their breed­ing sea­son gets un­der­way.

The com­ing weeks mean deer are more mo­bile than usual, bring­ing them onto roads and in­creas­ing the risk of col­li­sions.

The hu­man death toll from deer col­li­sions ranges between 10 and 20 an­nu­ally, and in­dus­try es­ti­mates put the cost of dam­age to ve­hi­cles alone to be at least £17 mil­lion.

Es­ti­mates in­di­cate that up to 75,000 deer are killed each year in road col­li­sions.

GEM road safety of­fi­cer Neil Worth says:“We en­cour­age driv­ers to be ex­tra ob­ser­vant, es­pe­cially as the morn­ings and evenings get darker. Be ready to take ap­pro­pri­ate avoid­ing ac­tion par­tic­u­larly at dawn and dusk – the most dan­ger­ous times.

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