O.P.P. cautioning motorists about deer

These deer, pictured on April 5, 2015, were hanging out near the multi-use trail on Power Dam Drive near Vincent Massey Drive in Cornwall. SD&G O.P.P. are warning motorists to be careful about wildlife while driving after a number of recent collisions. (Cornwall Newswatch/Bill Kingston)

SD&G – Police are warning you to be on the lookout while driving in the United Counties after a number of crashes involving deer.

SD&G O.P.P. say they’ve investigated 10 vehicle-deer collision over the weekend alone.

In all cases, nobody was hurt but drivers had their vehicles banged up and, in the majority of cases, the deer was killed.

Const. Joel Doiron tells Cornwall Newswatch there are no particular areas that are especially bad for deer but wooded areas near secondary SD&G highways are a common place where you will find them.

Police are offering these tips so you don’t have a run-in with Bambi:

  • Be extra vigilant during morning (dawn) and evening (dusk) commutes as visibility is reduced and wildlife are more active. Reduce your speed accordingly.
  • Be aware of signage in areas known for deer crossing.
  • Deer seldom run alone, if you see one, chances are there will be more.
  • When safe to do so, use high beams when driving at night and scan the ditch area.
  • If you need to avoid deer on roadways, do not swerve, brake firmly and stay in your lane so not to lose control of your vehicle.
  • If you are in a collision with a deer, report it to police
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