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Troopers warn motorists to be on the lookout for deer

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Marysville Post remind drivers to use caution and be alert for deer on and near Ohio’s roadways, especially at dawn and after sunset.  A comparison between the months of September and October 2012 indicates the number of deer crashes has more than doubled in Logan and Union Counties. Most deer-vehicle collisions occur between October and December during the deer-breeding season. 

Marysville Post Commander, Lieutenant Ron Raines, offers the following driving tips to decrease your chances of being involved in a car/deer collision and to avoid injury if one should occur.

  • Drive with extreme caution in areas with deer-crossing signs.
  • If you see one deer on or near the roadway, expect others may follow.  Slow down and be alert.
  • After dark use high beams when there is no opposing traffic.  The high beams will illuminate the eyes of the deer on or near a roadway and provide greater driver reaction time.
  • Increase your focal point further down the road rather than directly in front of your vehicle. Continually scan the area for deer attempting to cross the roadway.
  • Always wear a safety belt.
  • Don’t swerve your vehicle to avoid striking a deer.  You may lose control of your vehicle, which could cause more serious damage and injury than striking the deer.
  • Slow down.  Faster speeds increase your vehicles stopping distance and decrease the available reaction time once the danger is observed.
  • Stay alert.  Deer are always unpredictable.  They often dart out into traffic on busy highways and in residential areas.
  • Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency.

For a county-by-county breakdown and additional statistical information regarding enforcement efforts and fatal traffic crashes, please visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov.

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