10/14/2019

Deer on the Move, Causing Crashes

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Cherokee County Sheriffs Deputies have been busy recently responding to car crashes involving deer, which are on the move this time of year.

"Last year we saw an increase in car crashes involving deer, investigating 204 compared to 184 in 2017," according to  Sheriff David Groves.

Sheriff Groves continued by saying, "Deer are on the move this time of year and we have been seeing an uptick in crashes, especially around dawn and dusk.  We want everyone to be safe while traveling, so we are offering the following safety tip reminders: 

  • Scan road ditches. If you see a deer, slow down and continue with caution.
  • Drive with your high beams on if there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Do not take evasive action to avoid a deer.  Generally, it's better and safer to hit the animal than swerve to miss it.
  • Deer typically travel in groups. If you see one, expect others.
  • 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.
  • Always buckle up.

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