It is that time of year again when we are noticing a significant increase in car/deer collisions on our roadways. You have likely read articles in previous years I submitted that addresses this concern, however with the number of car/deer collisions we have investigated in the last two to three weeks I feel compelled to remind everyone of the dangers deer pose to motorists this time of year. To avoid car/deer collisions, I would like to recommend the following precautions that should be taken not only during peak times such as now, but year round. Always wear a seatbelt. The most severe injuries in car/deer collisions result from failure to wear a seatbelt. Always scan the ditches. If you see a deer slow down; they move in groups. If you seen a deer, more than likely there are others in the vicinity. Drive with extra caution when moving through areas marked with deer-crossing signs. They are there for a reason. Always stay awake, alert, and sober. When driving at night, use high-beams when there is no oncoming traffic. They will illuminate the eyes. Slow down immediately. Drive cautiously from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the high-risk times for car/deer collisions. Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Do not swerve to avoid a deer. Most serious accidents occur when drivers swerve and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars and go off the road. Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles to deter deer. These devices have not proven effective.

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