Deer a Serious Driving Hazard in the Fall

Deer a Serious Driving Hazard in the Fall

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(KSL News) -- A regular fall driving hazard is getting more treacherous across the country, so keep your eyes peeled for deer on the road.

The growing deer population makes this an even bigger problem than previously thought, especially now that more people are moving into rural areas. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says about one-and-a-half million crashes a year involve deer. And deer wrecks account for more than one billion dollars in property damage across the nation.

Experts say drivers need to be more aware.

Eric Rodgman, Highway Safety Researcher: "They will not be deterred by seeing vehicles, that's why you need to slow down and try to be alert and maintain control of your vehicle."

From October to December the number of deer vehicle crashes peaks. Most crashes occur during the early morning hours and evenings.

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