COTTAGE COUNTRY, ON – With the increase of animal activity in the fall, officers are asking drivers to be extra cautious.

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said there is generally an uptick in deer collisions between October and December. Most of the crashes happened between 5 p.m and 10 p.m.

The OPP have the following advice for drivers during the season:

  • Scan the roadways from side to side and watch for the shining eyes of deer.
  • Use high beams when there is no traffic approaching.
  • Take notice of signage in areas where deer are known to cross.
  • Reduce your speed, this increases the time to react safely to the unexpected and decreases the distance required to stop.
  • Slow down if you see one deer, as they seldom travel alone.