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Ingham County Sheriff reminds drivers to be alert during hunting season

Posted: 7:09 AM, Nov 15, 2016
Updated: 2016-11-15 07:09:32-05

Sheriff Wriggelsworth is reminding motorists that with hunting season in full swing, deer, and turkey populations will be on the move. He says that this heightens the chance of a vehicle/animal crash occurring.

The Sheriff's Office says that almost 49,000 accidents in Michigan involved deer last year.

“Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Sheriff Wriggelsworth.

He also notes that trying to dodge a deer is never a good idea. Deer often move in unexpected ways and swerving can cause you to lost control of your vehicle.

The prime deer habitat is in forested areas or farmland. Wildlife experts recommend 55 mph as a suitable speed for wildlife zones in good weather conditions. Drive defensively, and be ready to slow down or stop.

You should also scan the sides of the roads as you drive for any signs of wildlife. Be especially alert at sunset and sunrise. That is when deer are expected to be on the move.

DO NOT SWERVE.

If you hit an animal check passengers for injuries and call 911 to report the accident. Treat everyone for shock, and if it's cold put on warmer clothes. Avoid going near the animal It may kick or gore you. Once the accident report is filed and the animal is off the road you may leave the scene.