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Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the County of Elgin are urging drivers to increase their deer alert awareness, especially this time of the year.
Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the County of Elgin are urging
drivers to increase their deer alert awareness, especially this time of the year.
"Most vehicle collisions with deer occur during the months from October to December
due to the fall mating and migration seasons. Wild animal collisions tend to occur
early morning or just after sun-set because of increased traffic, reduced visibility
and deer movement patterns. Drivers need to pay extra attention,” said Elgin County
OPP Detachment Commander Brad Fishleigh.
OPP spokesperson Troy Carlson said there are steps drivers can take to reduce the
chance of a collision. "Deer-related collisions can cause injuries ranging from
bumps and bruises to serious injuries or even death. Being more aware of the dangers
and following some basic safety guidelines can help avoid collisions," Carlson said.
Ways drivers can reduce their risk:
- A yellow deer crossing sign indicates a high risk area, slow down and drive with
- If you see wildlife beside the road, slow down, honk the horn and pass carefully
as their movement is unpredictable.
- Use high beams at night and watch for glowing eyes of animals.
- Never swerve suddenly as you could lose control of your vehicle.
- If an animal is crossing the road ahead, brake firmly – never assume it will move
out of the way;
- Stop as safely as possible if an animal is crossing the road, remember that other
animals often follow.
- Drive defensively at all times.
"Approximately 1/3 of all of the collisions the Elgin OPP investigated last year
involved a vehicle striking a deer. Out of the 780 collisions Elgin OPP investigated
in 2012, 311 of them involved collisions with deer. So far in 2013 Elgin County
OPP has investigated 221 collisions involving deer. We certainly would like to see
a reduction in those numbers. The costs associated to those collisions are astronomical.
If you take into consideration the police resources required to investigate and
process these collisions, insurance claims, costs to public the health care system
and obviously the emotional impact on drivers and families is staggering," said
Please stay alert and drive with care!