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I written about it before. But, after hearing three people today tell me that they had hit deer this weekend, I figure it’s worth a reminder, as did the Minnesota Department of Public Safety:

“Don’t veer for deer.”

DPS says that from 2007 through 2009 there were over 8,000 deer-vehicle crashes, including 19 deaths and 65 injuries. Sixteen of those people who died were on motorcycles.

Motorist Safety Tips for Deer:
• Drive at safe speeds, be buckled up, and be prepared and alert for deer.

• Don’t swerve to avoid a deer. Swerving can cause motorists to lose control and travel off the road or into oncoming traffic. The best defense is to buckle up and brake.

• Don’t count on deer whistles or deer fences to deter deer from crossing roads.

• Watch for the reflection of deer eyes and for deer silhouettes on the shoulder of the road. If anything looks slightly suspicious, slow down.

• Slow down in areas known to have a large deer population; where deer-crossing signs are posted; places where deer commonly cross roads; areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forest land; and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.

• Deer do unpredictable things. Sometimes they stop in the middle of the road when crossing. Sometimes they cross and quickly re-cross back from where they came; sometimes they move toward an approaching vehicle. Assume nothing. Slow down; blow your horn to urge the deer to leave the road. Stop if the deer stays on the road; don’t try to go around it.

• Any Minnesota resident may claim a road-killed animal by contacting a law enforcement officer. An authorization permit will be issued allowing the individual to lawfully possess the deer.


The best news was that the three people weren’t hurt. They have the hassle of the car damage. But, over time we have seen the damage these collisions can cause.

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