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Increased risk of deer on Surrey and Hampshire roads

Deer

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:54am 11th October 2018. (Updated at 6:55am 11th October 2018)

Drivers are being advised to take extra care during the deer rutting season.

With a considerable deer population in Surrey and Hampshire, drivers are at an increased risk of colliding with the animals during this period.

The deer become more mobile than usual and can be spotted more often on roads.

Road safety charity GEM say the time deer are most active is at dawn and dusk which coincides with the peak rush hours.

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says: “We encourage drivers to be extra observant, and to be ready to take appropriate avoiding action if they come across a deer on the road ahead.

Between ten and twenty people die every year due to deer collisions, and another 450 are people are seriously injured.

Damage to vehicles is estimated to be about £17 million.

GEM says there are some simple tips we can follow to keep safe on the roads.

  • Take note of deer warning signs which are in locations where wild animal crossings are likely, so keep your speed down and be ready to encounter a deer at very short notice.
  • Don’t assume it’s just a countryside problem as deer populations have risen and spread in recent years. Sightings hare common in more urban locations – such as on roundabouts, in parks and cemeteries.
  •  If you spot one animal, it’s likely there may be others following, so don’t speed up and assume the danger has passed.
  •  Remember the importance of always being able to stop – on your side of the road – in the distance you can see to be clear ahead. But also be ready to react if a deer leaps out right in front of you.
  •  Ideally avoid any sort of collision, but swerving to avoid a deer could prove a very dangerous action if it leads to a collision with another vehicle.
  •  If you do hit a deer, report it to the police, even if you’re uninjured and your car isn’t damaged, as the deer may be fatally injured and suffering.

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