Drivers beware of deer on roadways

The dangers of deer mating season are not exclusive to hunters. Reporting partners at WSJM radio report that the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition found drivers in southwest Michigan have the greatest chance of hitting a deer.

In 2011 alone, 53,000 cars hit deer across Michigan, killing eight and injuring 1,400 others.

Berrien County reported 746 crashes, St. Joseph saw 610, while Cass County reported 488.

According to GEICO Insurance, some safety tips to pass along are:

-Drive slow in wooded and fielded areas, wspecially during dawn and night.

-Deer travel in packs, so if you see one, others may be nearby.

-Never swerve to avoid a deer, as it can confuse the animal or cause you to hit an oncoming vehicle head-on.

For more advice, head to the NewsCenter 16 homepage and click on the Big Red Bar.

In 2011 alone, 53,000 cars hit deer across Michigan, killing eight and injuring 1,400 others.

Berrien County reported 746 crashes, St. Joseph saw 610, while Cass County reported 488.

According to Geico Insurance, some safety tips to pass along are:

-Drive slow in wooded and fielded areas, especially during dawn and night.

-Deer travel in packs, so if you see one, others may be nearby.

-Never swerve to avoid a deer, as it can confuse the animal or cause you to hit an oncoming vehicle head-on.

For more advice, head to the NewsCenter 16 homepage and click on the Big Red Bar.


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