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OPP warn drivers after 22 deer collisions in region this weekend

Free Press staff

Maybe it was a little cervid schadenfreude, or perhaps a shout out to the 1978 Robert De Niro film — either way, this grazing white-tail was part of a visual joke at London’s Woodland Cemetery Monday. But the danger roving deer pose to area motorists is no laughing matter: OPP were urging caution after 22 car-deer crashes in Lambton and Grey counties on the weekend. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

Maybe it was a little cervid schadenfreude, or perhaps a shout out to the 1978 Robert De Niro film — either way, this grazing white-tail was part of a visual joke at London’s Woodland Cemetery Monday. But the danger roving deer pose to area motorists is no laughing matter: OPP were urging caution after 22 car-deer crashes in Lambton and Grey counties on the weekend. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press)

Provincial police are urging motorists to watch out for deer after two dozen were hit on roads across the region since Friday.

Lambton County OPP responded to 11 crashes involving deer during the weekend and are asking ­drivers to be extra cautious as deer ­season ramps up in November and December.

Between Friday and Sunday night, Grey County OPP ­officers dealt with 11 car-deer ­collisions, while their Huron OPP counterparts responded to two.

Drivers need to be on the lookout for the large herbivores, especially in rural areas at dawn and dusk, when the animals are most active, police say.

OPP say drivers should:

  • Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder.
  • Be aware deer rarely travel alone, so if you spot one, another is likely close by.
  • Reduce speed while driving at night or avoid unnecessary travel after dusk.
  • Brake to avoid a collision, but don’t veer for deer.