Good piece in the Daily Telegraph Motoring section this morning about deer RTA's in the UK.
"At least 20 drivers each year are killed as the rising deer population leads to a record number of collisions" is the tagline on the front, accompanying a photo of a fallow buck.
Interviews with Peter Watson of the DI and Jochen Langbein, as well as Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation.
Estimates of 74,000 deer collisions per year, rising by 6% per annum, resulting in 11,000 private vehicles with significant damage costing £14 million in insurance.
Oh yes, and the Highways Agencyis cutting its funding of the DI from £30.000 to £10,000 per year.
There are then seven "do's and don'ts with deer":
Also a nice graph showing where deer collisions are worst - Ashdown, Ashridge, Forest of Dean, Thetford
- Observe deer warning signs and reduce speed
- Use peripheral vision to spot deer on the roadside
- If one deer bolts, another will follow
- Keep back from the car in front
- If a deer dashes in front of you take minimal avoidance action
- Landowners should clear roadside verges of cover
- Check your insurance - many companies will classify deer collisions as "Acts of God"
Useful article all told.