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Deer Vs. Vehicle Collisions Expected to Rise


Car collisions with deer are likely to increase over the next month or so – as deer mating and hunting season closes in. Fond du Lac County Lieutenant of Detectives Cameron McGee warns drivers to“be careful out there on the highways as you’re driving. Look for eyes reflecting in your headlights and things like that, but the car-deer hits are really going to start picking up dramatically. Probably towards the very end of October and start of November is when they’re the highest.”

If you do end up hitting a deer, McGee reminds people to get help if you need it, and to “pull over safely and contact law enforcement if you have damage to your car. And they happen in the snap of a finger. You can be driving along minding your own business, and then all of a sudden – right there it is, right in front of you car and BANG, you hit them and there’s really not much you can do about that. But pay a little closer attention to what’s going on on the side of the road, especially at night.”

McGee also points out that “if you’re lucky you’ll see some eyes or see a doe cross the road and then start slowing down, because there’s usually a buck following it. We go through this every year, it’s part of what happens in Wisconsin.”

Drivers should not swerve to avoid hitting a deer, because that often leads to more serious crashes. 

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