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Dover Police Warn of Accidents Involving Deer

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DOVER, Del. - Fall is mating season for deer, and according to Dover police that means more accidents involving the animals.

Thus far, officers have responded to 14 such incidents this year, compared to 20 in all of 2013. With the deer mating season just beginning and two and a half months remaining in 2014, the department expects to surpass last year's totals quickly.

Dover Police have the following tips to keep drivers safe, brought to you by AAA Mid-Atlantic:

  • Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after sunrise. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Drive with caution when traveling through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forestland.
  • Keep in mind that deer seldom travel alone. If you see one deer, others may be nearby.
  • When driving at night, use high-beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic. The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway.
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten any deer away.
  • Brake firmly when you spot a deer in or near your path, but stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and hits another vehicle or loses control of the car.
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people seriously injured in car-deer crashes were not wearing their seat belt.
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle collisions.
  • If your vehicle strikes a deer, don't try to assist the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best approach is to get your car off the road, if possible, and call the police and notify your fleet manager

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