Watchout for those pesky deer

Published on Thu, Dec 2, 2004
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Watch out for those pesky deer

A recent collision in Blaine between a car and a deer reinforces the need for caution as winter approaches.

The Washington department of transportation reported 4,537 collisions involving large, non-domestic animals from 2001-2003. These kinds of collisions result in more than 100 deaths and 13,000 injuries nationwide each year. More deer-vehicle accidents occur between October and December than any other time period of the year.

The following defensive driving tips will help you avoid deer while on the road:
•Be attentive from sunset to midnight and hours before and after sunrise.
•Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland.
•Deer seldom run alone. If you see one, others may be nearby.
•When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic.
•Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path and stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.