11/18/2014

Motorists Encouraged to Watch for Deer

Deer mating season, which runs from October to December, typically results in an increase of deer related accidents.  During the first two weeks of November, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 28 car crashes involving deer.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution, especially during sunrise and sunset, which are peak times for deer movement.

In addition, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office offers these other tips:

  • Do not take evasive action to avoid a deer.  It is typically better to hit the deer, rather than swerving to miss it.
  • Deer generally travel in groups.  If you see one, you should expect another one close by.
  • If there is no oncoming traffic, drive with your high beams on.
  • Scan the road and ditches.  If you see a deer in the ditch, slow down and continue with care.
  • If you hit a deer, pull all the way off of the roadway and turn on your emergency flashers. 
  • Contact local law enforcement
  • If possible, remain in your vehicle.  Other motorists will not be watching for people walking around
  • And as always, don’t forget to buckle up!

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