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Hampshire Constabulary - What to do if you are involved in a collision with or come across an injured animal in the New Forest

Alert message sent 12/08/2021 09:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Morning everyone,

We wanted to provide some guidance, as this time of the year often brings with it a rise in animal vehicle collisions across the New Forest; whether that be deer, horses or ponies.

Often, poor driving conditions such as heavy rain or driving late at night and / or early morning during winter months, sadly contribute to the many deaths of deer, horses and ponies in the New Forest each year.

In addition, deer are at high-risk of being disturbed by members of the public when visiting the New Forest, often meaning that they flee from the area and scatter into the road – where they are likely to be struck by passing cars.

The following advice is what to do if you are involved in one, or become aware of a situation in which you might need to know what to do next.

🚨 If you see an injured animal on the roadside?
- Pull over at a safe place
- Call Hampshire Constabulary via 101
- Giving as precise a location as you can (e.g. via use of What3Words)
- They will deal with the situation and have access to specialist officers
- Do not try to assist or move the deer as this can put you in danger

🚨 If you hit an animal while driving, your priorities, in this order, are:
- Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can
- Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on
- Call an ambulance if required for any injuries sustained to people involved in the collision
- Call Hampshire Constabulary via 101

🚨 If the animal is alive and still visible at roadside:
- It is best not to approach, as it may cause it to run across traffic causing another accident
- Do not move or handle live deer, this needs a trained specialist. Do not place it in your car
- Call Hampshire Constabulary via 101
- Giving as precise a location as you can (e.g. via use of What3Words)
- They will deal with the situation and have access to specialist officers
Message sent by
Wes Hutchins (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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