Antler Alert: Police Release "Deer Season" Dangers

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM EDT

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Antler Alert: Police Release "Deer Season" Dangers

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (WKBW/Release) The New York State Thruway Authority is teaming up with State Police to remind drivers to use caution this deer season.

In 2011, more than 2,200 deer-related collisions were recorded on the New York State Thruway alone. 

The Thruway Authority offers these tips for drivers during deer season:

  • Deer are more active during evening, dusk and dawn.
  • Scan shoulders of the roadside for deer eyes reflecting light.
  • Using high beams and sounding horn may help to repel deer, but won't necessarily prevent a collision.
  • Slow down when approaching deer standing at the roadside, as they may run into oncoming traffic.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Deer often move in groups. Where there's one, there may be more.
  • If you see a deer, brake firmly. The most serious vehicle-deer accidents occur when drivers veer at high speeds, and strike another vehicle or go off the road.
  • Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. This can confuse deer and possibly cause them to go into the roadway.
  • If you are involved in a vehicle-deer collision, do not attempt to approach or touch the deer.

If a vehicle-deer accident occurs, motorists should make every attempt to drive their vehicle as far off the highway as possible, park on the right shoulder, activate their four-way hazard flashers, and stay in the vehicle and wait until help arrives. Motorists traveling on the Thruway can report an accident by calling 911 or the Thruway Authority’s emergency number at 1-800-842-2233.

Additional traveler safety tips are available on the Thruway Authority website at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/safety/drivingsafety.html .