Ingham Co. Sheriff Deputies dealing with numerous car-deer crashes

Posted at 10:03 AM, Oct 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-06 10:04:16-04

It's peak season for car-deer crashes. October and November are two of the worst months for car-deer crashes in Michigan, and already local law enforcement is seeing a spike in crashes

It's a year round problem, but especially right now, drivers need to be alert.

Michigan State Police say there are nearly 50,000 car-deer crashes in Michigan every year.

Most of the accidents happen between dusk and dawn.

If you see one white tail dart out, chances are you will see another.

Why is there more deer activity right now? Mating season, hunting and crop harvesting get these animals moving.

The first instinct for many drivers is to swerve if they see a deer on the road, but the advice from authorities is to fight that reaction.

Ingham County Sheriff Deputies say hitting the deer is a safer option. If not, you run the risk of swerving into a tree or other vehicles.