Deer danger on roads

MOTORISTS have been warned to look out for deer on the roads.

Accidents are at their highest at this time of year as young animals, on their own for the first time, go off in search of territory.

With roe deer an increasingly common sight in Milngavie and Bearsden, drivers have been asked to be on alert and collision risk signs are being put up by Transport Scotland.

Jamie Hammond, deer management officer for Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “Drivers should be more aware than ever of the risks of deer on our roads. Many people think most accidents with deer occur on remote Highland roads, but more and more this is something that happens around our cities and towns.

“At this time of the year, we’d ask motorists to slow down and watch for deer crossing in front of traffic.

“Be particularly alert if you’re driving near to woodland where deer can suddenly appear before you have time to brake. If you do hit a deer, report it to the police, as the deer may be fatally injured and suffering.”

Other advice for drivers confronted with dear include:

Try not to suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a deer. A collision into oncoming traffic could be even worse.

Only break sharply and stop if there is no danger of being hit by following traffic. Try to come to a stop as far away from the animals as possible to allow them to leave the roadside without panic, and use your hazard warning lights.

After dark, use full-beams when there is no oncoming traffic, as this will illuminate the eyes of deer on or near a roadway and give you more time to react. But dim your headlights when you see a deer or other animal on the road so you don’t startle it.

Do not approach an injured deer yourself – it may be dangerous.