Don’t veer for deer warns Manitoulin OPP

(LITTLE CURRENT, ON) – On October 14, 2020, between 12:00 p.m. and approximately 7:00 p.m. members from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to three motor vehicle collisions involving deer in various areas of the jurisdiction. Thankfully, only one collision resulted in non-life threatening injuries.

The OPP is reminding the public that wildlife continues to pose hazards on our roadways.  Although there is often signage to warn motorists of higher deer-travelled areas, motorists need to be aware in all areas, and at all times of the day including at dawn and dusk. 

Don’t veer for deer. Should a deer run into the path of your vehicle, reduce your speed quickly, steer straight and stay in control. Also, where you see one deer, expect more. Deer often travel in herds. 

Please scan the sides of the road, and reduce your speed, as this will significantly increase your reaction time. All types of wildlife continue to be a hazard on our roadways and are a special concern as the colder weather approaches when some animals start to move toward their wintering locations.  

Be alert when driving by removing all distractions to give yourself the best chance possible to see and predict where wildlife might go and please wear your seatbelt