Road users urged to be vigilant around Cannock Chase
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Motorists are being urged to be vigilant and mindful of their speed when driving through Cannock Chase.
The message comes after it was reported their were five deer fatalities in recent days on the roads of Cannock Chase.
PC Darren Wilkes, Rural & Wildlife Crime Officer at Staffordshire Police, is urging motorists to be extra careful around the roads of Cannock Chase.
“When you see deer warning signs or are travelling through a heavily wooded or forested stretch of road, check your speed and stay alert If your headlights are on. Use full-beams when you can, but dip them if you see deer as they may ‘freeze.’
“We’re now in the deer rutting season, the deer are on the move and we see an increase in deer fatalities at this time of the year. Please contact the police if you hit a deer and we will call out the deer warden.
“More deer may follow the first one you see, so keep vigilant and be prepared to stop. Try not to suddenly swerve to avoid a deer. Hitting oncoming traffic or another obstacle could be even worse If you have to stop, use your hazard warning lights.”