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OPP warn of deer on the roads

With deer sightings on the rise, the Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are advising drivers to use caution. Wild animals are unpredictable. However, there are two peak times when the risk of a collision is highest: May and June and from October to January. Taking a few safety precautions can help reduce the risk of a collision.

1. WATCH

Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. When you see wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully as they may suddenly bolt on to the road. Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs that show an area of increased risk. Slow down when travelling through these areas. Use high beams at night where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.

2. STEER

Stay in control. Watch your speed and take extra precautions when driving at night as visibility is greatly reduced. Slowing down will give you that extra second to respond.

Never swerve suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control or head into oncoming traffic.

3. BRAKE

Brake firmly if an animal is standing on, or crossing the road. Never assume the animal will move out of your way.

4. STOP

Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road. Remember, if one animal crosses the road, others may follow. If possible, avoid driving during dusk or dawn when most wildlife collisions occur. Swerving to avoid hitting a wild animal may result in a more serious collision. If hitting a wild animal is unavoidable, remember to stay in control.