NYLON – It’s mating season for deer in New York State, and the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Motor Vehicles are partnering to advise drivers to play it safe on the roads.
According to a press release from the DEC, more than 25,500 motor vehicle crashes in 2013 involved collisions with deer statewide, mostly occurring at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active.
“Any collision can endanger drivers, their passengers, and even pedestrians, but motorists should be especially aware of deer, moose, and other animals, during this time of year, as they can be dangerous and unpredictable,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “I urge every motorist, even those in urban areas, to keep an eye out and be aware that animals can cross their paths at any time.”
The DMV and DEC advise drivers to use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, reduce their speed, stay alert, and watch the road sides, slow down when approaching deer standing near the roadside, as they may bolt into the road when a car comes closer, be aware that more than one animal may be nearby, make sure that all vehicle occupants wear seatbelts and children are properly restrained in child safety seats, and use flashers or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when moose or deer are spotted near the road.
It is recommended that drivers brake firmly, not swerve, when encountering deer. Swerving can cause a collision with another vehicle, a tree, a pole, or other objects. If a deer or bear is hit and killed by a motor vehicle, the owner or consignee can request a possession tag from the investigative police officer to legally possess the carcass.
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