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Police investigate 3 collisions involving deer in 3 days

The highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions are from sunset to midnight and around sunrise, so slow down and be attentive, South Simcoe police advise
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NEWS RELEASE
SOUTH SIMCOE POLICE
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South Simcoe Police Service officers responded to three motor vehicle collisions involving deer in three days. Two occurred in Bradford West Gwillimbury and the third in Innisfil. Luckily no one was injured.

Here are some safety tips to help reduce the chance of hitting a deer:

  • The highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions are from sunset to midnight and around sunrise so slow down and be attentive.
  • Scan from shoulder to shoulder when watching the road ahead.
  • Use high beam headlights at night when there is no oncoming traffic to better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • 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, 'don't veer for deer.'
  • Buckle up. Most people injured in a car-deer collision are not wearing a seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.

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