Ottawa, Ontario – October, November and December are peak periods for wildlife collisions, warns CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO). The Association is warning motorists to exercise caution and vigilance this fall.

“Collisions involving wildlife remain significantly high in many communities throughout north and eastern Ontario, which is why our club is reminding motorists to be observant when using local roadways in the coming months,” said Korey Kennedy, manager of public and government affairs for CAANEO. “As animal response is typically unpredictable, motorists are reminded to take care and reduce their speed if they do encounter an animal on or beside a roadway.”

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation estimates that a vehicle collision with a wild animal occurs every 38 minutes in the province, with one out of every 17 motor vehicle collisions involving wildlife. CAANEO offers these suggestions:

– Never assume an animal will move out of your way

– Constantly scan the roadway and its shoulders

– Use your high beams at night when possible, and watch for the glowing eyes of animals

– Take notice of yellow wildlife warning signs

– Never swerve suddenly, as this could cause you to lose control or head into oncoming traffic. If you see an animal on or crossing the road, brake firmly and stop as safely as possible

– If possible, avoid driving at dusk or dawn when the majority of wildlife collisions occur

– Animals often travel in groups and if you see one, there may be others following

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