Rise in deer crashes sparks warning to North Yorkshire drivers

Police are urging drivers to take extra care on North Yorkshire’s roads after an increase in crashes involving deer.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 9:06 am

Since the start of this month, at least seven of the animals have died after being hit by vehicles in the county.

That includes one hit by on the A169 at Low Marishes in Ryedale on Sunday, May 2.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “As traffic increases on the roads, we have unfortunately seen a rise in collisions involving deer.

Deer at Studley Royal Deer Park in February. Stock image.

"A collision with a deer puts motorists at risk and tragically often results in terrible suffering for the animal involved.

"That’s why it’s very important for motorists to always expect the unexpected, especially when driving at night and on roads in rural areas.

“When you are travelling through a forested area, or see deer warning signs, check your speed, stay alert, and be prepared to stop.

"If using headlights, turn on full-beams when you can but dip them if you do see a deer, as they may ‘freeze’. More deer may follow the first one you see, so remain vigilant.

“If you see an injured deer on the roadside, pull over at the next safe place, and call the police on 101, or 999 if the situation means lives could be at risk.

"We will deal with road safety issues and officers will be able to determine the best course of action for the animal if it is still alive.”