Watch out for deer crossing roads at this time of year

DRIVERS need to be on the lookout for deer running across the road at this time of year.

This is because food is scare and the animals need to go further afield to look for it.

There has also been an explosion in the deer population in recent years, which 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 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.

East Sussex County Council advised when approaching a deer warning sign, drivers should: slow down, be prepared to stop, remember, more deer may follow the first one you see, if you do stop and use your hazard warning lights,

Do not approach an injured deer - it could be dangerous.

Instead call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999.