Eastman Region Worst in Manitoba for Deer-Vehicle Collisions
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Manitoba Public Insurance has announced that the Eastman Region is the worst area in Manitoba for vehicle collisions with deer.

This region includes Steinbach, Lac du Bonnet, Anola, Birds Hill Park area and Falcon Lake. There are about 1,600 collisions a year within this region.

Here are the top 5 regions in Manitoba:

  1. Eastman Region, 1,600 yearly collisions
  2. Westman, 1,450 yearly collisions
  3. Interlake, 1,100 yearly collisions
  4. City of Winnipeg, 600 yearly collisions
  5. Pembina Valley, 600 yearly collisions

Ward Keith, vice-president, Business Development & Communications and chief product officer, Manitoba Public Insurance says “A collision between a vehicle and an animal can result in a very serious outcome. Last year, 300 Manitobans were injured in wildlife-related collisions. Over the last 10 years, eight people in Manitoba have been killed in crashes caused by an animal on a road.”

Tips to help keep you safe:

  • Slow down when you see wildlife crossing signs.
  • Animals are normally more active at dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Watch for deer where brush and tall grass grow near the road.
  • Scan the roadside for animals — get your passengers to help.
  • Watch for the reflection of headlights in the eyes of a deer, or a dark silhouette.
  • Do not swerve if an animal does cross in front of your vehicle ─ brake firmly to reduce the impact between an animal and your vehicle.

Collisions are most common during September to December so drive safe!