Police warn drivers to remain vigilant for deer on the roads
MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO be attentive for deer on roads at this point in the season, with police cautioning drivers not to veer for the animals.
Deer-vehicle collision rates increase significantly 1.5 hours on either side of sunset and sunrise. Although there is often signage to warn motorists of higher deer-travelled areas, drivers must remain aware in any area, police say. Deer activity is not limited to rural roads; the animals have been known to cross busy roadways as well.
If a deer enters your path suddenly, police offer the following advice: remain calm and in control; reduce your speed; steer straight – do not veer for the deer. Changing direction quickly increases your risk of losing control, leaving the roadway and even rolling your vehicle. Your risk of serious injury and greater vehicle damage also increases.
Police also advise drivers look all around, not just straight ahead. Deer will often run across the road from ditches and protected areas such as stream corridors and woodlots. Where you see one deer, expect more. Deer often travel in herds. Slow down – slower speeds allow for longer reaction times. Anticipate higher deer movements in the fall and around sunrise and sunset. Watch for glowing eyes of deer at night.