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Ayrshire drivers are warned of deer collision risk at A78

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Drivers are being urged to look out for deer on a stretch of the A78 as it was named among the top 10 places in Scotland for deer collisions.

The road east of Eglinton Interchange and north of Warrix Interchange has been earmarked as a danger zone for collisions, with NatureScot, Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland working to display warning messages for drivers until June 14.May and June are the peak months for collisions as young roe deer disperse to look for their own territories, with dusk the period of highest risk.Dominic Sargent, NatureScot Deer Policy Officer, said: “Public safety is a really important part of our wider work with partners to reduce deer impacts across Scotland, particularly in the areas where we know those impacts are highest.“On the road network, the key collision locations appear to be mainly around junctions that have small areas of woodland nearby.

We think that a combination of deer using the woodland as daytime refuges, a lack of continuous traffic on slip roads and reduced visibility on curved slip roads could be factors at play.“As we enter the peak period for collisions, this campaign will remind drivers always to be ‘deer aware’, slow down and stay alert to help reduce the likelihood of collisions.”Angus Corby, Transport Scotland Landscape and Biodiversity Manager, further said: “Transport Scotland is pleased to continue our partnership with NatureScot to tackle the challenge of reducing the risk of deer-vehicle-collisions across Scotland’s Trunk Road Network.“The two organisations are working to establish and maintain a picture of the areas across the country where such risk appears highest, for a number of reasons, so that mitigation efforts can be focussed and more effective,

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