Drive Deer Aware this Spring
Drivers across South West Scotland are being advised to look out for deer wandering onto our trunk roads and motorways, particularly during May.
Vehicle accidents involving deer peak at this time of year, as young deer disperse and increasingly cross major roads to look for their own territories. Across our network, Scotland TranServ has identified hot spots on the M77 near Pollok Estate, the M898 at Erskine, A82 between Renton and Alexandria and Dalnottar and Dumbarton, A78 and A8 West Ferry to Parklea Roundabout, the M80 near Junction 2, A725 between the Whirlies and High Blantyre, the M74 between Hamilton and Douglas, the A701 Beattock to St Ann’s and wooded areas of the A75.
Dr Jochen Langbein who oversees the Deer Vehicle Collisions Project added:
“In Scotland, as in the rest of the UK and many other European countries, deer populations have expanded significantly over recent decades especially in the lowland areas. Many people think most accidents with deer and vehicles occur on more remote Highland roads, but in Scotland at least 40 percent occur on A-class trunk roads or motorways, including across much of South West Scotland’s road network.”
There is no system for the central collation of road traffic accidents involving deer in the UK, however figures collated from a number of studies suggest that while it is safe to say 40,000 deer are killed in vehicle strikes every year, this figure could be as high as 70,000 across Britain as a whole. And, conservative estimates of 400 injuries to vehicle passengers related to these collisions could well be nearer 1000 annually.
It is estimated that in Scotland the figure could be as high as 9,000 collisions per year, resulting in anywhere between 50 and 100 human injuries, with the total cost of material damage and injury thought to be around £9.5million.