Motorists in East Sussex are being urged to be ‘deer aware’ to avoid colliding with the creatures on rural roads.

Every year there are an estimated 74,000 deer-related traffic collisions in the UK, with the risk of encountering the animals on the road increasing during the mating season in October and November.

Drivers should take particular care in areas where there are deer warning signs or heavily wooded roads, at night and around dawn and dusk, when deer are most likely to venture out.

Cllr Bill Bentley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for community safety, said: “We’re lucky in East Sussex to have some stunning countryside which provides an ideal habitat for deer. These animals may appear on the road suddenly unexpectedly, particularly at this time of year, and the results of a collision with a deer can be very serious indeed.  By following some simple tips, drivers can keep themselves safe and ensure these magnificent creatures can continue to roam freely and thrive in our beautiful countryside.”

At night, drivers are advised to use full-beam headlights if no other cars are around, as they will reflect the deer’s eyes, but dip their headlights when they see a deer to avoid startling it.

Deer often travel in groups so if drivers see one crossing the road they should slow down and drive with caution as others may follow.

Anyone who hits a deer is advised to stay calm, park in a safe place with hazard lights on and call the police on 101, or 999 if someone is injured or the deer is in the road.

People should not approach or try to comfort an injured deer, as it may make the animal more distressed or cause it to run back into the road.

Comments (1)

  • Suzanne

    I have seen deer on the road to Stonegate Station 6 times in a month at night time.
    Drivers continue to drive down the road at 50mph and pay no attention to the signs
    about Deer Crossings.A few nights ago, I was coming back from the Station and there
    was a car with hazard warning lights in front of me.In the middle of the road was
    a deer sitting down. It was run over and couldn’t get up. It was a very sad sight.
    I think the speed limit down that road should be 30mph all the way to the Station
    otherwise we will be losing a lot more wildlife as well as potential fatalities
    for people as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked (*).