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Deer Movement Causing Crashes


The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has recently begun seeing an uptick in deer related crashes, which is typical during this time of year.  In the month of October, the sheriff’s office investigated 25 deer / vehicle crashes with most of them occurring around sunrise and sunset, which are peak times for deer movement. 

In an effort to help keep motorists safe, Sheriff David Groves is providing the following tips:

  • Drive with your high beams on if there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Scan the road and ditches.  If see you a deer, slow down and continue with caution.
  • Deer will typically travel in groups.  If you see one, expect there to be more.
  • Do no take evasive action to avoid a deer.  Generally, it's better and safer to hit the animal than to swerve to miss it.
  • If you strike a deer, pull all the way off the roadway, activate your emergency flashers, stay in the vehicle, and contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • As always, don't forget to buckle up!


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