Crash warning as deer rut begins
DONEGAL drivers are
being warned of the risk of collisions as the deer
rutting season begins.
Autumn is the deer mating season and the danger of
accidents, particularly during the morning and
evening commute, increases as the animals come out
to feed on roadside grass verges
Motorists are urged to
drive within the speed limit so as to avoid
colliding with the animals.
"In wooded areas in particular, there may be very
little warning before one or several deer appear on
the road in front of oncoming vehicles.
"Even at low speed they can cause considerable
damage to a vehicle and potentially cause
life-threatening injuries to the driver and their
passengers," said a Donegal County Council
Deer crossing road
signs are located in areas known to contain deer
population - but are not official crossing points
The council issued the following advice:
Reduce speed at deer warning signs and stay alert;
prepare to stop and never swerve as you could hit
another vehicle; don't approach an injured deer; if
a collision occurs, report it to gardaí as the
animal may be fatally injured and suffering.