On the Beat in Bluffton

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Oh Deer!

The Indiana State Police and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources report the state is entering “prime time” for car/deer crashes, but the following tips from the DNR and ISP can help prevent any collisions. Learn more in the Thursday, Oct. 10, News-Banner.

• When possible, use high-beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway.
• At night, drivers should watch approaching vehicles and see if any images breaks their headlight beams; it could be a passing deer. Also, watch for reflections from the deer's eyes.
• Deer are more active in the hours just before dawn and just after dusk. They also more active during late October and early November during rutting — deer mating season. With the crop harvest going on, however, deer could be on the move at any time.
• Where there is one deer, there are often several.
• Be particularly careful in areas where you have seen deer before. Exercise extreme caution along woodlot edges, on hills, or on blind curves.
• Drivers should pay attention to traffic signs warning of deer crossings.
• Steer clear of gimmicks such as fancy whistles or reflectors that can be placed on a vehicle to keep deer away. They have not been proven to be effective.
• Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Most serious crashes occur when drivers try to miss a deer and hit something else.
• If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause a human being serious injury. Remain in your car, make sure that you and our passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company.

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