On a Collision Course With Nature

November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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November 30, 2011 Updated Nov 30, 2011 at 9:40 AM EDT

Mayville, NY (WKBW) November is peak season for deer in Western New York which means it's also peak season for car/deer collisions. Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies have responded to 109 car/deer accidents in November alone (that amounts to 4.6 accidents per day).

Car/deer accidents can be traumatic, expensive and sometimes dangerous so the Sheriff's office is urging motorists to remember a few tips while driving during peak deer season.

-Be aware of deer crossing signs. They are placed is areas where deer are known to travel.

-Deer are most active between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

-Use high beam headlights whenever possible.

-Deer generally travel in herds. If you see one there are probably more nearby.

-Do not rely on car-mounted deer whistles. They can be easily damaged by rocks and debris.

-Don't swerve. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, hold onto the steering wheel and bring the car to a controlled stop.