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Police urge drivers to take care after at least ten deer killed in collisions in North Yorkshire

Police are asking motorists to take extra care on North Yorkshire’s roads after an increase in collisions involving wildlife.

Police are asking motorists to take extra care on North Yorkshire’s roads after an increase in collisions involving wildlife.

Since the start of May 2021, at least ten deer have died after being struck by vehicles in York and North Yorkshire. Very sadly, in all ten incidents, the deer’s injuries were not survivable. A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said:
“As traffic increases on the roads, we have unfortunately seen a rise in collisions involving deer. “A collision with a deer puts motorists at risk, and tragically often results in terrible suffering for the animal involved. That’s why it’s very important for motorists to always expect the unexpected, especially when driving at night and on roads in rural areas. “When you are travelling through a forested area, or see deer warning signs, check your speed, stay alert, and be prepared to stop. If using headlights, turn on full-beams when you can, but dip them if you do see a deer, as they may ‘freeze’. More deer may follow the first one you see, so remain vigilant. “If you see an injured deer on the roadside, pull over at the next safe place, and call the police on 101, or 999 if the situation means lives could be at risk. We will deal with road safety issues and officers will be able to determine the best course of action for the animal if it is still alive.”
The highest-risk times for deer collisions are from sunset to midnight, and the hours shortly before and after sunrise. Collisions typically peak this month as the animals search for new territories. If you hit a deer while driving, your priorities, in this order, should be: Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it Call the police, giving as precise a location as you can Don’t approach live deer – they may hurt you, or run across traffic causing another collision Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here  

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