Elgin County, ON - The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to
remind the motoring public of the dangers deer pose to driving safety.
Within the last month the Elgin County OPP responded to over 30 car vs deer collisions.
The below information will help you avoid getting into a collision with a deer.
Educated yourself and pass along this information to friends and family.
- The greatest risk to hitting a deer is one hour before and after dusk or dawn
- October and November are the most active months for deer on our roadways
- Two lane highways with speeds of 80km/h or higher
- If you see one deer there are more
Here are some driving tips in case you come into a situation with a deer.
- Do not veer or swerve for the deer. Instead break firmly and stay in control. (Often
more serious damage and personal injury results as a person goes off the roadway
and rolls their vehicle or hits an object)
- Slow down when driving. This will increase your stopping distance and reaction time.
- Contact the OPP's 24 hours a day using the non-emergency number of 1-888-310-1122
For more information on animals and road safety please visit the following sites:
OPP Contact Information