DRIVERS in East Renfrewshire are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for young deer wandering onto the roads.

May is peak season for fawns, as the young deer begin to venture out in search of their own territories.

The M77 at Pollok Estate has been identified as a particularly vulnerable road. And, with the deer population ever increasing, the likelihood of collision increases with it.

There are said to be almost 700,000 wild deer in Scotland, with the animals becoming increasingly prevalent in urban areas.

Tommy Docherty, Scotland TranServ’s network control centre manager, told the Barrhead News: “Our incident support unit is particularly busy at this time of the year as it tackles the aftermath of deer collisions – not only the loss of life of this beautiful native animal but also the damage to cars and, indeed, injuries to drivers and passengers.”

Motorists are being urged to maximise the use of their headlights at dusk and dawn, avoid over-reliance on daytime running lights and be wary of any reflections of eyes picked up by their lights.

Any driver who is involved in a collision with a deer should contact the police.

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