Oh deer! Welwyn Hatfield residents warned of increased crash risk in autumn

PUBLISHED: 15:30 11 October 2017

People are being warned to be careful of deers when driving. Picture credit: Nigel Sprowell.

People are being warned to be careful of deers when driving. Picture credit: Nigel Sprowell.

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Welwyn Hatfield residents are being urged to beware of deer-vehicle collisions during autumn.

For the second year running, Highways England and The Deer Initiative have joined forces to warn motorists about the heightened risk of deer-vehicle crashes between October and December.

Across the UK it is estimated that there could be up to 74,000 deer-related motor vehicle accidents this year alone, resulting in 400 to 700 human injuries and 20 deaths.

October through to December is considered a high-risk period as deer will be on the move for the autumn mating season.

Senior principle environmental advisor at Highways England, Tony Sangwine, said: “Safety is our top priority, which is why we care about people’s journeys. We are working with The Deer Initiative to warn motorists about the risks caused by deer, when they suddenly appear on the road, particularly at both dawn and dusk.

“With most deer movement coinciding with key commuting hours, we are urging drivers to be more aware during this time of year so that they can complete their journeys safely and without incident.”

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