Did you know that October through December, in Michigan, individuals are more likely to experience a motor vehicle-deer crash than at any other time of year? According to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and AAA Michigan, motor vehicle – deer crashes are almost two-and-a-half times more likely during the last quarter of the year.
Michigan’s Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) says an average of 20,000 collisions occur during that time frame. The OHSP says the deer herd is currently about 1.8 million strong and accounts for $130 million per year in damages to vehicles.
There are some measures that motorists can take to help avoid a crash. Always stay alert, wear your seatbelt, and watch for deer crossing signs. Statistics from AAA Michigan show that most collisions take place around dawn and dusk, so stay especially vigilant during those hours. If a crash is unavoidable, don’t swerve, brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, stay in your lane and bring the vehicle to a controlled stop. Remember deer travel frequently in groups, if you see one, others may be in the area as well.
Reporting for WGRT – EBWtv