OPP reminding drivers of increased deer activity in Prince Edward County

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment would like to remind drivers to be aware of increased deer activity during the fall months. Every year, PEC OPP respond to numerous car versus deer collisions, some even resulting in injuries to vehicle occupants. Deer collisions have been increasing over the last four years. 

Over the last few years, the highest percentage of vehicle versus deer collisions have occurred in the month of November. Many of these collisions occurred between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and midnight. Drivers are reminded of the following: 

  • Scan ditches and not just the road ahead, you may spot deer or other wildlife approaching
  • Where you see one deer, expect more
  • Watch for glowing eyes at night 
  • Do not drive distracted
  • Do not overdrive your headlights
  • Ensure you are wearing your seatbelt. If you need to stop in a hurry, you want your body restrained to prevent unnecessary injury or possible death

Highway safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please stay safe.

In other OPP news:

•On Friday October 30, 2020 shortly after 6:00 p.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a mischief report in Demorestville.

After responding to the conservation area, it was observed that barbed wire had been placed in two different locations along the trail. This willful act has the potential to be dangerous to trail users.

Prince Edward OPP are asking anyone with information regarding this mischief to call 1.888.310.1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersquinte.ca where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

•On Sunday November 1, officers received information that an individual was in Prince Edward County which was a breach of conditions from a domestic related occurrence. A 21 year old male from Kingston was arrested and charged with three counts of Failure to Comply with an Undertaking contrary to section 145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code. The accused was held for a bail hearing in the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on Monday November 2, 2020. The name of the accused is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

On Saturday October 31, 2020 shortly before 1:00 a.m. members from The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision on County Road 4 in Hallowell Ward.

Officers responded with Hastings Quinte EMS to a single vehicle roll over and the driver was transported to hospital. As a result of further investigation, the driver was arrested and underwent further testing. Christopher Markland, 34, from Prince Edward County, was arrested and charged with:

  • Operation While Impaired – 320.14(1)(a) – CC
  • Operation While Impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) – 320.14(1)(b) – CC

The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on December 16, 2020. The driver was also given a 90 day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

-Staff