The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation have a simple message for drivers this season: Give Wildlife a Brake.
It’s also the name of their public safety campaign which emphasizes the need to drive carefully on provincial roads, especially in areas with high deer populations.
October, November and December account for the highest number of deer/vehicle collisions, as over 10-thousand deer were killed in 2016, and over $55-million in claims were made that same year.
Executive Director Darrell Crabbe says this campaign has one clear goal: bring the number of fatalities and injuries down.
“That’s really the focus of our campaign is to try to make sure to bring that number down to zero.” Crabbe said.
When driving in areas where deer and other wildlife inhabit, watch your speed – slowing down reduces the distance to stop, constantly scan the road from shoulder to shoulder and when one animal crosses the road, others will often follow. At night, watch for glowing eyes of animals and use high beams whenever possible.
If you seen an animal on the side of the road, slow down and pass by slowly and/or if an animal appears suddenly, brake firmly and stay in control of your vehicle; avoid swerving into oncoming traffic or the ditch.
A similar campaign is also on right now called “Go Slow and Save a Little Doe”.