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Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries after collision with deer

A passenger was treated for minor injuries
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MUNICIPALITY OF GREY HIGHLAND - On July 14, 2018 at approximately 9:33 p.m., Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision between a motorcycle and a deer on Grey Road 12, south of Grey Road 40, in the Municipality of Grey Highlands.

The motorcyclist, a 47-year-old male from the Township of Chatsworth, was transported to a hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries. His passenger, a 47-year-old Owen Sound woman, suffered minor injuries.

In an effort to minimize the chances of being involved in a collision with deer, Grey County OPP offer motorcyclists and motorists the following tips:

  • Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions. Drive with caution when moving through areas known to have a large deer population. Remember - deer seldom run alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when driver swerves to avoid a deer and hits another vehicle or loses control of their own vehicle.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people who are injured in car-deer collisions were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Don't rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer.
  • Slow down, stay in control and stay alert.