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Accidents involving deer peak in May, October and November
Twice every year, in May/June and then in October/November you need to be aware of the risk of Deer running into the road.
This is during the rutting season in October/November and then, in May/June, the time of year when young deer disperse from their breeding areas.
Between 40,000 and 75,000 deer are killed in collisions on the roads every year.
These accidents kill car occupants too, as well as injuring hundreds and causing £11 million of damage to vehicles.
Two teenage girls were killed when their car hit a deer on the A10 in Hertfordshire this morning.
If you understand a little about deer then you can think about how you can change your driving to avoid them and know what to do if you hit and injure one.
Hitting a deer presents a greater risk to motorists compared to other road kill incidents because of the large size of the animal
Edmund King, AA president
Edmund King, AA president, said: “These are worrying figures both in terms of road safety and animal welfare. Hitting a deer presents a greater risk to motorists compared to other road kill incidents because of the large size of the animal. Drivers should be extra vigilant where there are deer warning signs and slow down. Many additional accidents are caused by the tendency of drivers to over-react and swerve excessively."
The Deer initiative is administering a study aimed at gaining as full a picture as possible of the extent of minor as well as major traffic accidents involving deer.
Information is being sought from those involved in the management of deers, wildlife rescue and ecological surveying as well as from individual members of the public.
If you have information on a deer road casualty or deer related traffic collision you can report it via the project website.
(15 October 2013)