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Best to Hit a Deer or Swerve to Miss it?

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You could call it deer season on the road.  According to Cornell Cooperative Extension it’s peak season for vehicle-deer collisions.  It’s that loving time of the year for deer which puts them on the move. Add hunting season and more people in the woods, and you get deer running  with abandon.  So when one crosses your path on the road do you it or swerve to miss it? Paul Curtis, Professor of Natural Resources and an expert on wildlife answers the question.

If a deer-car collision is inevitable, it is better to hit the deer, than to swerve and try to avoid it. People are more likely to be injured if their car leaves the roadway, or they cross lanes into oncoming traffic.

Curtis adds that nearly two-thirds of deer-vehicle collisions in Central New York occur in October, November and December.  Adding to the mating and hunting season problem are fall’s shorter days.  Sunrise and dusk now coincide with rush hour.  The best suggestion is to slow down when near wooded areas in the early morning or evening.

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