Police Investigate Collisions - Don't Veer For Deer (View Video Below)
(OPP News) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging all motorists not to veer for deer. The OPP is once again urging the motoring public to be alert and aware of their surroundings after police investigated vehicle collisions involving a deer.
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, motorists need to be aware in all areas. Deer don't limit their activity on rural roads. The animals have been known to cross the busy roadways as well.
"If you suddenly have a deer in your path, we encourage drivers to stay in control, reduce as much speed as possible, and whatever you do, steer straight. Don't veer for the deer. By changing your direction quickly, you increase the risk of losing control, running off the roadway and rolling your vehicle. This increases the likelihood of sustaining greater damage to your vehicle and serious injury." - Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP.
Some other helpful hints to ensure a safe journey during this time of year are as follows:
"We are committed to educating all drivers in the County and surrounding areas. Although at times it may seem that the deer come out of nowhere, with a little knowledge and improved driving skill, there are many things drivers can do to prevent car-deer collisions," says Inspector Lisa Anderson, Detachment Commander, County of Brant OPP.
NOTE: A deer is hit by a car in this video. Some readers may find it disturbing. It does, however, give you an idea of the risks invloved by hitting wildlife, and why it's important that drivers are constantly watching the ditches when in rural areas day or night.