In Ontario, there are more than 14,000 collisions between cars and wildlife reported every year. During the breeding season bucks may be chasing does across roads and highways. The time period between September and November is also when crops are being harvested. These activities may result in deer crossing highways in search of food. Deer are most active in the early morning and evening. Please take extra caution when driving at this time of year and remember that any wildlife can emerge onto the roadway from just about anywhere.
Some prevention tips:
1. Be extra vigilant while driving between dusk and dawn
2. Travel at the posted speed limit
3. Focus on the road and peripheral area – do not drive distracted
4. Use your high beams on rural roads where appropriate
5. Deer do not travel alone so if you see one deer, always assume there is another close behind
6. If you see an animal on or about to enter the roadway honk your horn
7. Pay attention to deer crossing signs as they may be good indicators of a larger population of deer in the area
8. Think about and predict what you might do if an animal suddenly darted out in front of you or ran towards your vehicle
9. Steer clear – Serious incidents can occur when drivers lose control of their vehicles trying to avoid an animal. Swerving can take you into the path of an oncoming vehicle or into a ditch. If an animal enters the roadway in your path, consider using your brakes, not your wheel. Try to avoid a collision with the animal but it is most important to maintain control of your vehicle at all times
If you are involved in a collision with a deer, you should stay calm and pull over to the side of the road and activate your hazard lights. Call 911 if anyone is injured. You must report the collision to police if the damage to your vehicle exceeds $2000.
LaSalle Police Service at (519) 969-5210.