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Safe Driving During Deer Hunting Season

Mon October 21, 2019

Hunting seasons are underway in New Brunswick and in particular, deer. That means the animals are on the move and can make some unexpected leaps onto a road. The Saint John Police Force wants to remind motorists about some of the things you can do if you encounter a deer or other animal while behind the wheel.

If you do see a deer or moose along the road, if you can, brake, but keep the steering wheel straight. There could be more than one of the animals and swerving to miss one could line your vehicle up with another.

If a collision can’t be avoided, try not to make any drastic movements by swerving into another lane. Stay in control of the vehicle. Braking will usually give the animal enough time to move out of your vehicle’s path. If not, hopefully you will only hit the animal with a glancing blow.

Historically, September through December are the busiest months for calls to the Saint John Police force concerning deer’s that have been hit by vehicles or injured. In 2018, officers responded to 236 deer related calls, 125 of them between September and December. 

Jim Hennessy
Manager of Communications/Public Information
Saint John Police Force