Fall season brings increased chance of deer/car collisionsPublished 10:36am Friday, October 26, 2012
With the fall and hunting season in full swing deer populations are on the move. This activity heightens the chance for a car/deer crash occurring, according to Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey.
Last year, more than 53,000 accidents in Michigan involved deer.
“Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Bailey.
Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.
Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea, Bailey said. Deer often move erratically, and swerving may cause you to lose control of your vehicle, resulting in injury or even death.
In 2011 1,295 injuries and eight deaths were reported as a result of a car-deer collision. The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try and scare the animal. Deer travel together, if you see one chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution.
Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or the sheriff’s office.
For more safety tips, Bailey encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters.