Warning as accidents soar

MOTORISTS are being warned to be on the lookout for deer on local roads during a peak season for the animals.

Car accidents involving deer are at their highest at this time of year as young roe deer search for their own territories, according to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Collisions involving deer often peak in May, as juvenile deer are out on their own for the first time. As a result, SNH and Transport Scotland are placing warning messages on variable messaging signs on high-risk trunk roads up to June 1.

There has also been an increase in the number of accidents involving deer in and around towns, with live deer road casualties more than doubling since 2006.

Jamie Hammond, SNH deer management officer, said: “At this time of the year, we’d ask motorists to slow down and watch for deer crossing in front of traffic. Be particularly alert if you’re driving near to woodland where deer can suddenly appear before you have time to brake. If you do hit a deer, report it to the police as the deer may be fatally injured and suffering.”

Further advice is available online at www.snh.gov.uk.