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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall Is Prime Season for Car-Deer Crashes

By Hannah Jastram, Communications Associate 

Do you know when nearly a third of all car-deer crashes in Minnesota occur? Yup, it's in October and November, with another 11 percent happening in December. Please keep your guard up while you traverse our beautiful Minnesota landscape.

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Not to give you nightmares or anything. Photo by jcrader/Thinkstock

Here are some tips for staying safe on the road, according to Major Greg Salo of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — as quoted in the October 20, 2014 edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
  • Wear your seat belt.
  • Scan the road for deer and other danger signs. Keep a careful watch at sunrise and sunset, and when passing through wooded areas or farm fields.
  • Pay attention to signs warning that deer are common in the area.
  • At night, use high beams when oncoming traffic is not present to increase visibility, and slow down.
  • Do not swerve to avoid a deer. Honking a horn might scare a deer off the road. Otherwise, if there's no safe place to go or you'll run into another vehicle, hit the deer head on.
It may sound harsh, but it's better to damage your vehicle and let a deer die than cause a catastrophic accident trying to avoid the deer, according to Salo.

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