Armagh woman shares video of wild deer running along a road following crashes with cars

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Another call has been made for ‘Deer’ signage after more crashes with the animals in north Armagh in recent days.

SDLP Cllr Declan McAlinden has been calling for deer signage in the Derrytrasna area for a number of years and following the latest spate of incidents in the north Armagh area, he has repeated the calls.

One woman captured on a dash cam from her car a deer running wild along a country lane in the Derrytrasna area last night. The area is on the south shore of Lough Neagh and is dimly lit. Deer have been known to appear suddenly in front of vehicles in the area.

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Deer have been running wild in the Derrytrasna area of Co Armagh.Deer have been running wild in the Derrytrasna area of Co Armagh.
Deer have been running wild in the Derrytrasna area of Co Armagh.
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Cllr McAlinden said: “After another incident last night involving deer on the Derrytrasna Rd, this is the response I received on Tuesday past to my request for warning signs to be installed.

"Unfortunately how many more incidents like this is it going to take before this is taken seriously. I’ll be contacting DFI (Department for Infrastructure) again today!”

In an email to Cllr McAlinden the DfI said: “Thank you for your email below requesting ‘Wild Deer’ warning signage to be put in place between Derryadd and Bannfoot.

"I can confirm that an assessment for suitable warning signage along this stretch of road has been included on Network Developments work planning schedule and it will be investigated by DFI Roads using the appropriate criteria as soon as resources allow. If successful, it will be included in our work programme, which is presented to council each year and then published online.

"Thank you for your correspondence and continued interest in the road network.”

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