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Time for Deer & Cars to Collide
(Pewaukee)--Fall signals the time of year when the roads become quite crowded. Not just cars but deer too. This is mating season. So they become rather active, especially at dawn and dusk when they move back and forth between their bedding and feeding areas.
Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported a total of 18,895 deer vs. motor vehicle crashes. Dane County had the most with 851. Waukesha County came in third with 710.
To avoid hitting a deer, the experts recommend slowing down and being aware of your surroundings. Wear your seat belts and use your high beams except if a car is coming in your direction. If you see a deer on the side of the road, beep your horn with one long blast to frighten it away. Many times you can spot a deer by the red of their eyes. Also remember many times deer travel in twos or threes. If you can't avoid one, it's advised to hit the brakes. But do not swerve. If you do so, you might hit another car or a tree.
If you do hit a deer, try to get your vehicle to the side of the road as much as possible and call 911. Stay in your car until help comes since walking on the highway can be a hazard as well. Don't try to move the animal if it's still alive. The injured deer could hurt you.
Motorcyclists are at great risk as well. They were involved in 13 of 14 fatal deer versus motor vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year. On a motorcycle, you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. If you must swerve, always try to stay within your lane to avoid hitting other objects.