OPP ask motorists to beware deer on the roads

By Jennifer O'Brien, The London Free Press

Police have responded to more than 35 vehicle-deer crashes during the past 10 days in Middlesex County alone.

The crashes, since Nov. 1, account for about half of the crashes in Middlesex County, said OPP, who are asking drivers to look out for wildlife.


Police released the following tips Monday, to help motorists try to avoid collisions with animals:

  • Slow down, use eye lead time, and be aware when you are in an area that has wildlife, especially if signs indicating animal crossings are posted
  • Use high beams where possible; this will allow you to see an animal and stop in time to avoid hitting it
  • Deer often move in groups. If you see one, there are likely more in the vicinity
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane
  • Stay in control if hitting an animal is unavoidable, and don’t veer for deer. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer, and subsequently hit another vehicle, or lose control of their own
  • In the event your vehicle strikes wildlife, call 911 if you or your passenger is injured. Otherwise, report the collision to police on their non-urgent line, and always pull off the roadway safely
  • Avoid going near or touching the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can injure you.


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