It's road kill season in Windsor-Essex
14,000 deer hit every year, but 'don't swerve' to avoid hitting animals, say Young Drivers of Canada
It's road kill season in Windsor-Essex.
In this region, that usually means deer wandering into traffic.
The OPP says there are more than 14,000 collisions between vehicles and deer every year in Ontario.
That's the number of reported cases and it doesn't include all other animals that wander into traffic.
Mary Barraco of Young Drivers of Canada says swerving to avoid hitting an animal of any kind is the wrong choice.
"In the video clip we show in the classroom, it shows a driver avoiding a small dog and they swerve the vehicle and end up hitting a human being and that person is killed," Barraco said. "So you don't want to hurt another human being just to save an animal's life. It's more important to save a human."
Barraco says that if a deer jumps in front of a car, the driver should quickly check to make sure there's enough space behind them and then slam on the brakes.
"They have to make sure that there's no vehicles behind them because if they do have a vehicle that's close to them, and put their brakes on, obviously, they can end up being in a collision themselves and getting hurt themselves," Barraco said.
Mary Bak-Nielsen of LaSalle said a lot of people keep their eyes peeled this time of year.
"Where are the deer? All over," she said. "Go down Laurier Drive, Malden Road, they're all over the place."
Between October and December is a peak time for wildlife on the road.