Eastern Manitoba Worst for Vehicle-Deer Crashes: MPI

By Brian Schultz

The eastern part of the province is the most dangerous when it comes to vehicle-deer collisions, according to new data released by Manitoba Public Insurance.

The region around Steinbach, Lac du Bonnet, Pine Falls, Birds Hill and St. Malo is the number one area for the animal-related crashes, accounting for about 1,800 annually based on data from 2006 to 2009.

Coming in at number one is Brandon/Westman with 1,510 yearly collisions, the Interlake at 977 collisions follows, Pembina Valley with 674, and Central Plains with 547 vehicle-deer collisions annually.

MPI and Winnipeg police recently launched a safety campaign to encourage motorists to slow down around areas that are at a high risk for wildlife.