Beware wildlife on the move as unexpected traffic hazards
Posted October 3, 2012
There were four vehicle collisions involving deer over the
weekend on area roads, a hazard that grows more likely between October
and November as a combination of the animal's mating season,
preparations for winter, and out-running hunters makes them more
active, which includes darting into traffic.
Nottawasaga OPP report the recent collisions occurred on the
7th Line, and 17th Sideroad New Tecumseth; and County Road 56 in Essa.
No injuries were reported, but vehicles were damaged and the deer
"Nottawasaga OPP is asking motorists to be aware, be alert and
be safe while travelling our local roadways primarily in rural areas of
Adjala Tosorontio, Essa Townships and the Town of New Tecumseth." Dawn
and dusk are the two periods of the day to be on highest alert.
Tips to avoid hitting an animal:
Reduce speed in darkness, rain and fog. These conditions
can reduce your ability to see an animal on or near the road.
Travel at a safe speed and stay alert. Driver inattention
and speed are common factors in animal-vehicle crashes.
Watch for shining eyes at the roadside. If you do see
shining eyes, slow down and be ready to stop.
Keep your windshield clean and headlights properly adjusted.
Use high beams whenever possible and safe to do so and scan
both sides of the road ahead.
The following tips are offered if you see an animal:
Don't swerve to avoid hitting the animal as many drivers
lose control of their vehicles, which in some cases has been fatal.
Vehicle damage caused as a result of swerving can also impact the
Slow down and sound your horn.
Be alert for other animals which may be with the one you've
Don't try to drive around the animal. Animal movements are
If you wish to watch an animal, find a safe place to pull
off the road and park first. Do not park on the shoulder of the road,
as other drivers may be distracted by the animal and hit your vehicle.
Stay in your vehicle; getting out increases your chance of
being hit by another vehicle.