Leeds County OPP are sending out a reminder to be alert and keep an eye out for deer. Police have investigated several motor vehicle collisions involving deer this past week. Constable Sandra Barr says it’s just that time of year:
She goes over one of the most important tips to remember:
If you’re involved in a collision with a deer, or any other animal, which results in personal injury to you or your passenger(s) and/or where the vehicle damage apparently exceeds $2,000, you must report the collision to police. More details can be found on our website.
Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions. Drive with caution when moving through areas known to have a large deer population. Remember – deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when driver swerves to avoid a deer and hits another vehicle or loses control of their own vehicle.
Always wear your seat belt. Most people who are injured in car-deer collisions were not wearing their seat belt.