November Prime Time For Deer-Vehicle Crashes
UNDATED -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding you to watch for deer when you're out on the roads this month. November is the peak time for deer-vehicle collisions in Minnesota.
November is deer mating season, their habitats are disturbed during the fall harvest and the hunting season has deer on the move more too.
You're reminded to be alert, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are most active, slow down and scan the sides of roads near wooded areas, rivers and streams and if you see one deer, prepare for others nearby as they tend to travel in groups.
Finally, don't veer for a deer. MnDOT says if you swerve, you can lose control of your car and travel into oncoming traffic or roll your vehicle.
From 2011-2013, there were more than 7,000 reported deer-vehicle crashes including 18 fatalities.