Police seeing too many deer accidents

The County OPP reminds motorists that car and deer collisions have increased significantly this year.

With the onset of fall weather, hunting season and the closeness of the rut season, deer are very mobile. If a deer is observed near the road, OPP Constable Keith Robb said the best practice is to slow down and drive defensively. In particular, when traveling on roads that are tree lined or if a bush is in close proximity to the road, caution should be exercised as deer often hide in those places and jump out of them.

By slowing down, motor­ists often have a better chance of stopping or avoiding a collision with a deer.

Deer are known to travel in pairs or groups, so when drivers spot one deer on the road, they should be aware that more might follow. Slow down and be prepared to stop as more deer may cross the road.

He added if a vehicle is involved in a collision, it must be reported to police  immediately if:

– the total damage is apparently over $1,000;

– there is personal injury to anyone; or

– there is any damage to another person’s property.

If keeping the deer for the venison, the Ministry of Nat­ural Resources officer immediately or as soon as is practicable the next business day and a possession certificate is needed.