Drivers warned after deer collisions in Lancashire

Police van attending a car v deer RTC near Mellor Brook

Police van attending a car v deer RTC near Mellor Brook

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Motorists in Lancashire are being urged by police to be deer aware after a number of crashes involving deer in the last week.

Acting Sergeant Rob Massam said there had been three collisions involving deer reported to police last week.

Two of the collisions were at Preston New Road at Samlesbury, with the third on Bankhead Lane near Hoghton.

All the crashes caused damage to vehicles and at least one deer was killed.

Preston police’s wildlife and rural crime officers are now issuing advice to drivers.

It is estimated there are up to 74,000 collisions involving deer each year, nationally, with about 80 deer-related road traffic incidents in the Preston area last year.

Acting Sgt Massam said motorists could take action to reduce the chances of a deer collision, including taking note of deer warning signs and driving at or below the speed limit.

He said drivers should be aware that more deer may cross after the first ones.

He advised motorists to use full-beam headlights after dark when there was no opposing traffic, and said drivers should avoid over-swerving to avoid hitting a deer.

Deer collisions should be reported to police.