DOT: Watch for Deer on the Road

DOT: Watch for Deer on the Road

September 27, 2017 11:42 PM

Wisconsin's Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to be on the alert for the potential of deer on the road.

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Traffic safety officials with the department say that vehicle crashes involving deer typically peak during October and November as bucks pursue potential mates. Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported 20,413 crashes between deer and motor vehicles last year, according to a release by the department.

They say that one exception to the "don't swerve" recommendation applies to motorcyclists. Motorcycle drivers should slow down, brake firmly and swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer.

Here are a few tips the department recommends to avoid deer crashes:

- Slow down and eliminate distractions

- Be especially vigilant in early morning and evening hours when deer are most active.

- When one deer appears, look for more.

- If you find a deer looming in your headlights, don't expect it to move away.


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