Huron OPP is reminding motorists to continue to watch out for deer on roadways when travelling.
Based on OPP collision data, November and December are two of the months in the calendar year when drivers are most likely to encounter deer on the roadways.
If you drive on rural roads in Huron County it is almost a certainty that you will encounter deer on the roadway at some point, say police.
Over the last week Huron OPP officers responded to a total of 28 collisions in the county. Half of those involved animals – 13 with deer and one with a coyote.
Here are some tips for drivers to avoid collisions with wildlife.
- Pay attention to deer crossing warning signs and drive with extra caution when travelling through areas known to have large deer populations. Remember, if you see one deer there is a good chance others will be nearby.
- Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for collisions with deer.
- When driving at night always use your high beams when there is no oncoming traffic and continually scan the roadway, shoulders and ditches for animals.
- Always wear your seatbelt, most people injured in wildlife collisions were not.
- If you encounter a deer or large animal on the roadway, slow down and brake firmly if a collision is unavoidable. Avoid swerving for a deer. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid an animal only to hit another vehicle or lose control of their vehicle.
- If a collision does occur, stay calm and pull your vehicle off to the side of the roadway. Activate your emergency four-way flashers and if you have to get out of your vehicle be aware of your surroundings. Call 9-1-1 if you or your passengers are injured. If nobody is injured and the dollar value of the damage exceeds $2,000, you are required to report the collision to police as soon as possible. Please use the non-emergent line to contact police by calling 1-888-310-1122.
Remember, when you see the deer warning signs please slow down and take caution, the signs are there for a reason.