Drivers should be ‘deer aware’

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DRIVERS in East Sussex are being asked to become ‘deer aware’ this spring.

At this time of year there tends to be more deer running across roads because food is scarce and they need to go further to look for it. This, combined with an explosion in the deer population in recent years, has lead to an increase in the number of deer and vehicle collisions.

Last year in East Sussex there were more than 450 traffic collisions involving deer, with more than half of these taking place in the Ashdown Forest area.

These collisions cause damage to vehicles and can put people’s lives in danger.

Drivers need to be aware of deer and take extra care during this time, especially in rural areas.