Police Say Don’t Veer for Deer In Wake of Animal-Related Crashes

Two Crashes in Bradford, one In Innisfil, All involving Deer

The South Simcoe Police are warning folks not to veer for deer after a few crashes of late.

Police say officers have been called to three collisions involving deer in three days. Two in Bradford West Gwillimbury, one in Innisfil.

No humans were injured in any of these collisions. Police are offering the following safety tips:

  • 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.