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Thetford and Brecks revealed as UK blackspots for deer-vehicle collisions

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Roads around Thetford, Brandon and Mildenhall have been highlighted as one of the country’s blackspots for deer collisions.

In a national survey by The Deer Initiative (DI) Thetford Forest and the Brecks was labelled as a top spot for deer casualties, with the B1106 and B1107 to Brandon, A11 at Mildenhall and A134 around Thetford named among the worst roads.

Together with Highways England, the DI is encouraging drivers to be ‘Deer Aware’ as collisions between vehicles and deer increase in spring.

April to June is considered a particularly high-risk time as deer are on the move looking for new territories.

Dr Jochen Langbein, who has worked with the DI for the past decade, said deer-vehicle collisions account for one in every five deer killed.

“The daily peak is at dawn and dusk when deer are most active,” Dr Langbein said.

Motorists are advised to use full-beams at night when there is no opposing traffic, don’t over-swerve to avoid a deer and report all deer-vehicle collisions to the police.

Deer often travel in groups, so more may well cross after you have stopped for one.

See www.deeraware.com for more safety advice and a list of local hotspots.


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