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THP urges motorists to watch out for deer
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The Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to watch out for deer on or near roadways. An increase in deer-related crashes is more likely during November and December due to deer mating and hunting season.
“Deer-related crashes can be a very serious and dangerous incident,” THP Col. Tracy Trott said.  “Deer pose a danger to motorists throughout the year, especially in the fall. Stats show November is typically the worst month for deer-related crashes. It is important for motorists to exercise caution, slow down and remain alert in areas where deer are present.”
In Tennessee in 2016, there were 7,219 deer-related crashes, including 330 that involved injuries and one that was fatal.
Since 2011, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have increased 26.7 percent. As of Oct. 31, 2017, there have been 4,223 deer-involved traffic crashes across the state this year.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol suggest the following tips to help prevent deer-related crashes particularly at dawn and dusk:
• When you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
• Be attentive and drive defensively constantly scanning the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk.
• Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic causing a serious crash. Swerving can also confuse the deer as to where to run.
• When you spot a deer, slow down immediately. Proceed slowly when passing.
• If you do collide with a deer, never approach the animal. They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human.  Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.