The Haliburton Highlands OPP are reminding drivers to slow down and be aware of an increasing number of motor vehicle collisions involving wildlife. There have been four reported motor vehicle collisions involving deer in the last twenty-four hours.
Drivers are encouraged to use the following tips to reduce their risk of being involved in a collision with wildlife.
• When driving, scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. If there is wildlife beside the road, slow down, stay alert and pass carefully. Animals can be unpredictable.
• Deer and many other wild animals are most active at dusk and dawn.
• When driving at night, use high beams where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.
• Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs that indicate areas of increased risk. Slow down when travelling through these areas. Slowing down gives you more time to react.
• If an animal jumps out in front of your motor vehicle, brake firmly to slow down safely. Stay in your lane and never swerve suddenly. Swerving could cause loss of control and result in a more serious collision.
• Never assume the animal will move out of your way. And remember, if one animal crosses the road, others may follow.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle collision, stay calm and pull off the road safely and turn on your hazard lights. Check for any injuries to yourself or your passengers. If the collision resulted in damage or personal injury, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 9-1-1 if there is an emergency.
Being aware and taking precautions can reduce collisions, save lives and protect wild animals. The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities.