LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office released an advisory warning local drivers of increased car-deer accidents during the early fall.
According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, drivers should take extra precautions while traveling throughout the county.
“Currently, the deer mating season, also known as ‘The Rut,’ is underway, and there has been a large increase in deer activity during the daylight and evening hours,” said the release. “The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been taking numerous reports of car deer collisions every day, especially in the hours immediately before and after sunrise and sunset.”
However, there have also been crashes reported during the midday and night hours. As the rut progresses, the deer activity will also increase, and drivers are urged to use caution in their travels.
The Sheriff’s Office said that drivers can reduce their speeds, ‘allowing yourself extra time to arrive safely, keeping your attention on the roads and areas around roadways for animal activity, and watching out for other cars.’
“If a deer runs out in front of your car, obviously try to avoid it, but do NOT swerve into oncoming traffic or crash into trees or other objects to do so,” said the press release. “A car deer collision can cause a significant amount of damage to any vehicle, and can also lead to injuries and death of the vehicles occupants. So please, reduce your speed, be alert, and arrive alive.”