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New York State Police issue reminder to watch out for deer while driving

PRESS RELEASE

Every October and November, Troopers handle an increased number of vehicle collisions with deer in Western New York. Operators should use caution around dusk and dawn.

If you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do NOT attempt to swerve. When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.

If you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911. An accident report can be completed by Troopers if your vehicle has over $1,000 in damage or if a person involved has been injured.

NYSP Troop A stats for car/deer collisions:

September       2017- 83 collisions
October           2017- 181 collisions
November       2017- 314 collisions

2017 total collisions- 1,412

August             2018- 60 collisions
September       2018- 103 collisions
October           2018- 130 collisions

2018 total up to October 24 - 1,023 collisions