Police respond to numerous collisions involving deer
Huronia West OPP has responded to an increase in collisions involving deer during the month of September. The majority of the collisions have occurred between dusk and dawn, which is the time of day they are most active searching for food.
Officers have responded to 62 motor vehicle collisions since Jan. 1, including eight during the month of September.
The OPP is reminding motorists to take precautions in order to reduce their risk of becoming involved in a collision with wildlife:
• Scan the road ahead from shoulder-to-shoulder. Deer are particularly active during dawn and dusk. Deer rarely travel alone, so when motorists see one there are likely more nearby.
• Reduce speed and be careful when driving at night. Slowing down gives you more time to react.
• Try not to direct your full attention to the animal. Take measures to avoid hitting it by focussing attention on an alternate route that doesn’t place anyone else in danger. Never swerve suddenly. This could cause the vehicle to go out of control or head into oncoming traffic.
• Use high beams at night when possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals.
• If you see an animal is standing on, or crossing the roadway, brake firmly but maintain control of the vehicle. Never assume the animal will move out of your way.