If you're looking for a slightly more whimsical traffic story, have we got an i-deer for you. The Ontario Provincial Police's Leeds County division is warning motorists near Kingston and Ottawa to beware of the four-legged intruders on the roads. That's after 12 deer collisions in Ontario were reported within the first eight days of 2020.

The Leeds County OPP is alerting the public to what is apparently a widespread issue this January.

12 collisions involving deer in eight days? That sounds like a lot to us, and it seems the police agree.

"It’s a lot for this time of year," admitted OPP Const. Erin Cranton, per CTV News."Generally speaking, once January comes we see a decrease."

That has not proven the case so far in the new decade, though.

While several people have had their own "d'oh, a deer" moment, thankfully, no human injuries have been reported as a result of any of the incidents.

That doesn't make them any less alarming or potentially dangerous, though.

The Leeds County OPP's number one message for motorists who may encounter a deer on the road? Don't try to avoid it at speed.

"A lot of people think it’s better to swerve for wildlife, but you could end up causing more than a single-vehicle collision," Cranton explained.

Police also remind drivers that deer can often travel in groups. So, if you see one on a roadway, don't fawn over it too much, as there could be more nearby. 

Collisions involving animals aren't that uncommon in Ontario.

And the dangers of this kind of incident were tragically illustrated over in Manitoba back in June when a couple died after their car hit a deer.

You may recall a couple of slightly more outside-the-box deer-related headlines in Ontario recently, too.

First, a baby deer smashed through the window of a bar last winter. Then, there was the guy charged in B.C. for bringing a live deer into a liquor store with him.

A live deer in a booze store? Stag-gering.

Leeds County OPP also aren't the only police service to warn of animals on roads. Back in what was a wild September in York Region, there were farm animals all over the place.

On a serious note, the OPP reminds drivers that any collision involving wildlife that results in damage over $2,000 or injury to any occupant must be reported to the police.

So, if you hit one but intend to keep quiet, you'd better buck up your ideas.

Let this be a cautionary tail. Sorry, tale.

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