"Our deputies on night patrol will see multiple deer on the roads," Duvendack said. "On our squad cars, we now have push bars across the grill. The reason we did that was because about four years ago, in a short period of time, we had three squad cars get heavily damaged from striking deer. Now, with the push bars, it is rare we will have major damage to a car."
Since January, the sheriff's department has responded to 54 vehicle-deer accidents.
Duvendack is not surprised by new
Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the
According to 2016
In 2013, 191 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the
The following tips could help drivers avoid a collision: Pay attention to deer crossing signs; always buckle up; use your high beams, when possible; brake if possible, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash; remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards; avoid distractions, like devices or eating; do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective; and if riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and focus on the road ahead.
And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know: Deer are on all roads; deer are unpredictable; deer often move in groups; and deer movement is most prevalent in the fall.
"Over the years, I'm aware of many vehicle-deer accidents in the
He said about five years ago, an elderly man driving on
"This time of year, it is vitally important for motorists to be aware of their surroundings because deer are active," Duvendack said. "And then you throw in the harvest, and deer are being pushed out of fields. Motorists should especially be aware of deer at dusk and at night."
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