(MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLAND, ON) - On July 14, 2018 at approximately 9:33 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision between a motorcycle and a deer on Grey Road 12, south of Grey Road 40, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.
The motorcyclist, a 47-year old male from the Township of Chatsworth, was transported to a hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, a 47-year old Owen Sound woman, suffered minor injuries.
In an effort to minimize the chances of being involved in a collision with deer, Grey County OPP offer motorcyclists and motorists the following tips:
Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions. Drive with caution when moving through areas known to have a large deer population. Remember - deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when driver swerves to avoid a deer and hits another vehicle or loses control of their own vehicle.
Always wear your seat belt. Most people who are injured in car-deer collisions were not wearing their seat belt.
Don't rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.
Slow down, stay in control and stay alert.