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Be alert during deer season

Sheriff Larry Stelma reminds motorists that with fall and the hunting season in full swing, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car/deer crash occurring.

Last year more than 60,000 accidents in Michigan involved deer.  “Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Sheriff Larry Stelma.  Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.

Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea according to Sheriff Stelma. Deer often move erratically and swerving may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.  The best way to avoid a deer/car collision is to slow your car down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try and scare the animal.  Deer travel together, and if you see one, chances are others are coming so please proceed with caution.

Remember to heed deer crossing signs.  If you do hit a deer make sure you report it to your local police or the sheriff’s office.

For more safety tips Sheriff Larry Stelma encourages residents to visit the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association website at www.misheriff.org where you can sign up to receive monthly newsletters. Founded in 1877 the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association is the oldest law enforcement organization in Michigan.

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