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Advice for drivers if you see an injured deer on the roadside

Alert message sent 12/09/2019 11:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Good morning,

The following advice is sent on behalf of our partners at The Deer Initiative.  
 
 
 
IF YOU SEE AN INJURED DEER ON THE ROADSIDE
  • Pull over at the next safe place.
  • Call the Police. They will deal with road safety issues and have access to a specialist who will know the best course of action for the animal if it is alive.
 
IF YOU HIT A DEER WHILE DRIVING, YOUR PRIORITIES, IN
THIS ORDER, ARE:
  • Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can.
  • Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on.
  • Consider using it to also warn other road users.
  • Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it.
  • Call the Police.
 
Usually it is best:
  • Not to approach live deer. Doing so may cause them to run across traffic causing another accident.
  • Not to move or handle live deer, you may be injured if they struggle.
  • Not to try to keep the deer warm. Covering its head/eyes may keep it calmer if there is a long wait but see “approach live deer” above.
 
www.deeraware.com

 
 
Message sent by
Graeme Barbour (Police, Digital Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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