THP warns drivers to look out for deer

THP warns drivers to look out for deer

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be watchful of deer in the fall and winter seasons, as an increase in deer-related crashes are likely during the months of October through December.

In Tennessee, 5,911 deer-related crashes were reported in 2012, an increase of 4.2 percent from the previous year. Three of those crashes resulted in deaths.

"The chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November. We want to urge drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are populated, and most importantly, slow down," Colonel Tracy Trott said.

Between 2008 and 2012, 9.2 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. THP also reports deer-related crashes in Tennessee have steadily increased since 2008.

In the event of a deer-related crash, troopers advise drivers to move the vehicle as far off the road as possible. Motorists are also encouraged to dial *THP (*847) from an available cell phone for assistance.

THP and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency also want to remind drivers that the mating season puts deer on the move and deer tend to move at dawn and dusk. If you see a deer cross the road, expect more to follow.

The two agencies also want to remind drivers to be attentive and drive defensively. Do not swerve to avoid contact with the deer, and if you do collide with a deer, never approach the injured animal.

Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the nearest TWRA regional office to report the accident within 48 hours.


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