On October 29, 2016 at 8:05 a.m. members of Central Hastings OPP responded to a car versus deer collision on Highway 62 near Simpson Road in Madoc Township. No injuries were reported, however the vehicle was damaged.
Collisions with wild animals can result in serious vehicle damage, personal injury or death. Central Hastings OPP would like to advise the motoring public to exercise extra caution while travelling area roads and highways this current deer hunting season. During the month of November 2015, members of Central Hastings OPP responded to 26 deer related and 3 other wildlife related motor vehicle collisions.
Watch Out for Wildlife
• Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder. If you see wildlife beside the road, slow down and pass carefully as they may bolt suddenly onto the road.
• Stay in control of your vehicle and never swerve suddenly to avoid an animal.
• Stop as safely as possible. Brake firmly if an animal is standing on or crossing the road and remember if one animal crosses the road others may follow.
• Never assume an animal will move out of your way. If hitting an animal is unavoidable, remember to stay in control and look where you want to go and not at the animal.
• At night use your high beams where possible and watch for the glowing eyes of animals ahead.
Stay alert, especially in the early morning, at dusk, and at night.