Po­lice warn driv­ers to re­main vig­i­lant for deer on the roads

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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