Deer collisions rise in Bruce County

South Bruce OPP have seen an increase in the number of collisions with deer, reporting 48 crashes between November 4th and 24th. Luckily, no injuries were reported at any of the scenes.

Constable Kevin Martin says this is the time of year we see the most deer, and explains certain times of day can also be more dangerous. 

“It’s when the sun is rising in the sky or setting, or actually during dark hours is when we’re seeing these crashes. [Deer] can appear with such little warning. These are incredibly strong and powerful animals,” said Martin. 

Martin says the best way to avoid colliding with an animal is to slow down. 

“It’s simple physics, the faster you go, the longer it’s going to take to react and slow down and avoid things. Keep your speed down, at or below the posted limit when you see that Deer Crossing sign this time of year,” he added. 

Martin also stresses the importance of being observant when driving near deer populated areas, and checking your surroundings while behind the wheel. 

“If you see [deer], for example, in the ditch or perhaps in a field to the side of the road, anticipate that they may choose to cross right in front of you. So get that speed way down and give yourself a chance to avoid them and get out of the way, whatever defensive action may be appropriate in that circumstance,” said Martin. 

Other tips include:

  • Drive with caution when moving through areas known to have a large deer population. Remember – deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
  • Always wear your seatbelt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not wearing their seatbelts.