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DNREC Issues Deer Advisory for Drivers

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DOVER, Del. – Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has issued an advisory urging drivers to be extra cautious for deer crossing the roads when night falls.

Due to daylight saving time and the sun setting earlier in the afternoon during the autumn and winter months, there will be more white-tailed deer in the middle of and along the sides of the road possibly increasing the chances of accidents, according to the DNREC.

In a State Farm insurance report, Delaware ranks 24th among states where deer-collisions are most likely to occur.

Last year, state police departments logged close to 2,000 deer-related vehicle crashes.

It's not just the time change that has contributed to more deer appearing on the roadways, it's also mating season for the white-tailed deer, said the DNREC.

According to the DNREC, national statistics show about half of deer-related collisions occur between October and December. Delaware removed more than 800 deer carcasses from the roadways in 2013.

For more information and tips about how to avoid deer collisions, visit DNREC's website here.

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