It’s the season for collisions with wildlife, OPP warn drivers

Along with construction, drivers should watch out for moose along Hwy 62 in Limerick Twp. Motorists stopped to snap photos of these two moose grazing along the side of Highway 62 just north of Hwy 620, about 4 p.m. April 24, 2010. Alison Swayze photo

BANCROFT – Watch for wildlife on the roads this time of year, local provincial police detachments advise.

Here’s a press release from Bancroft OPP:

Collisions with wild animals can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or even death.  There were over 140 vehicle/wildlife collisions on Bancroft area roads in 2009 and most of these collisions involved deer.

The peak months were September, October, November and December.  Most of these collisions occurred between dusk and dawn.

You can prevent wildlife collisions by:

  • Scanning the roadway from side-to-side, watch for shining eyes, use high beams where possible and take notice of yellow wildlife warning signs.
  • Reduce your speed, this increases the time to react safely to the unexpected and decreases the distance required to stop.
  • If you see one deer, slow down as they seldom travel alone.

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