Thursday, May 19, 2022

Deer vs. car crash on the 401


On November 8, 2015, just before 8:30 p.m., Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers attended at motor vehicle collision involving a Honda Civic and a deer on Highway 401 eastbound, near Scane Side Road.

The collision caused the airbags to deploy in the vehicle. The male driver did not report any injuries.

Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers would like to remind drivers to be alert and keep a sharp eye out for deer and other wildlife that are more active during the fall.

Helpful tips to minimize the chances of being involved in a collision with a wild animal are:

· Be attentive, especially from sunset to shortly after sunrise, as these are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.

· Scan the area ahead while driving.

· Slow down for better reaction time and use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic.

· Watch for glowing eyes of wild life. Deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others are likely nearby.

· Do not swerve suddenly. If you see wildlife, slow down, steer straight and stay in control of the vehicle.

· Always wear your seatbelt.

Remember that your first priority is safety; for you, your passengers and other motorists sharing the road.

– Photo credit: Forest Wander

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