There’s a collision between a vehicle and a wild animal every 38 minutes in Ontario, which is why Haliburton Highlands OPP officers are sending an important message. After 14 collisions with a deer happened on Haliburton County roads in the past 25 days, they’re asking drivers to stay vigilant.

None of the occupants of the vehicles were injured, but there was extensive damage to the vehicles.

The following are more tips from OPP to reduce your risk of collision:

Watch

Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. When you see wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully as they may suddenly bolt onto the road.

Watch for the yellow wildlife warning signs that indicate an area of increased risk. Slow down when travelling through these areas.

Use high beams at night where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.

Steer

Stay in control. Watch your speed and take extra precautions when driving at night as visibility is greatly reduced. Slowing down will give you that extra second to respond.

Never swerve suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control or head into oncoming traffic.

Brake

Brake firmly if an animal is standing on, or crossing, the road. Never assume the animal will move out of your way.

Stop

Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road. Remember, deer often move in groups. If you see one, know there are likely more in the vicinity