Warn­ing as driv­ers face peak deer sea­son

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Ge­orge Mair

DEER cause 9,000 col­li­sions on Scot­land’s roads ev­ery year, fig­ures show.

And more than 65 Scots a year are in­jured on av­er­age in ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing ve­hi­cles and the an­i­mals.

Scottish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) yes­ter­day warned driv­ers to slow down due to the ‘high risk’ of deer on roads this month and next. Around 40 per cent of in­ci­dents oc­cur on A-class trunk roads or mo­tor­ways. SNH, with Trans­port Scot­land, will place signs warn­ing ‘High Risk of Deer on the Road’ on trunk roads from Mon­day until June 11.

The mes­sages will tar­get roads in the Cen­tral Belt around Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh, as well as Kin­ross, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and In­ver­ness.

Most col­li­sions oc­cur in early evening to mid­night, with a slightly lower peak from 6am to 9am. Jamie Ham­mond, SNH deer man­age­ment of­fi­cer, said: ‘We must be vigilant this time of year.

‘The risk is higher from dusk through to early morn­ing when deer are more ac­tive.

‘If you do hit a deer, re­port it to the po­lice even if you are un­in­jured as the deer may be fa­tally in­jured and suf­fer­ing.’

The cost of col­li­sions with deer in Scot­land, through in­juries and dam­age to ve­hi­cles, has been es­ti­mated at £7mil­lion a year. Dr Jochen Lang­bein, a deer col­li­sion con­sul­tant to SNH, said: ‘Roe deer in par­tic­u­lar are spread­ing into parks and other green spa­ces close to the cen­tre of cities such as Ed­in­burgh, Glas­gow, and Aberdeen.

‘Late spring is when we of­ten see more deer mov­ing across mo­tor­ways and other main roads, es­pe­cially as young roe deer leave the ar­eas in which they were born and look for new ter­ri­to­ries.’

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