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ISP, INDOT give tips on avoiding deer-vehicle crashes this fall

Posted at 1:29 PM, Oct 05, 2016

As deer become more active during the fall, the Indiana Department of Transportation and other state agencies want you to consider some tips to avoid deer-vehicle crashes.

Almost half of all vehicle crashes involving deer occur between October and December. In 2015, there were more than 15,000 deer-related crashes, according to Indiana State Police.

Police said many accidents occur when drivers mistakenly crash into other objects while trying to avoid striking a deer. INDOT officials said you should never swerve to avoid hitting a deer.

Following are more items to remember from INDOT, ISP and Indiana Department of Natural Resources:

•Deer are most active between sunset and sunrise, especially in rural areas

•Deer often travel in groups. If you see one, others are likely nearby

•Pay special attention in areas where you have seen deer before and in areas near “Deer Crossing” warning signs

•Exercise caution along woodlot edges, at hills and blind turns

•Use high-beam headlights at night when there is no opposing traffic

•Scan for illuminated eyes and dark silhouettes near the side of or on the roadway

•If you see a deer, slow your speed drastically, even if the deer is far away

•Wear your seatbelt

When you hit a deer, pull off the road and remain in the vehicle.

If you do hit a deer, you are required to file a police report in instances where there is at least $1,000 in property damage or if someone is injured.

To report a deer carcass contact one of INDOT’s six districts to report it. Find INDOT district contact information at indot.in.gov.