The OPP is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for wildlife. The move follows 12 recent collisions involving deer in Leeds County.

The OPP says it’s important to drive the speed limit, or slower in high risk areas and scan the sides of the road. Drivers are encouraged to use their high beams when possible while on the roads at night.     

If a deer is in your way, brake firmly and steer straight. 

The OPP noted swerving can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or take you into the path of another vehicle. Braking immediately may also slow you down enough to safely maneuver around the animal, according to the OPP.

Any collision involving wildlife that results in damage over $2,000 or injury to any occupant must be reported to police.