Dodging Deer

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

As hunters hit the forests, deer hit our roadways and frequently get hit by our cars.

Dave Starr with Craig's Auto Body in Holt says more than half their jobs right now are due to deer hits. Damage from the accidents is typically in the thousands.

Trooper Jeremy Brewer with the Michigan State Police says this time of year is typical for the deer/car accidents. He says the best way to handle the situation is to slow down (don't slam the brakes) and let the deer hit you if it happens. But don't swerve. Trooper Brewer says even if it carries a price tag, hitting the deer is safer than swerving, which is more likely to cause an accident.

If you do swerve to avoid a deer and cause an accident, you could be cited and ticketed.


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