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Rockland Drivers Warned Of Deer On The Palisades

Deer (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Deer (file / credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

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ORANGETOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - There are 65,000 car vs. deerĀ collisionsĀ in New York every year.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

Now it’s mating season and they’re on the move.

The population has exploded in recent years and one place where you are almost guaranteed to spot them is along the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County.

A guy who wanted to be identified as John C. from West Haverstraw said exit 14 is a dangerous spot.

“Every morning,” he said. “I see at least a dozen. Six here. Seven there. They’re just standing in the roads. I honk my horn. They look at me like I’m crazy.”

John Winoradnik from Stony Point told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams on Monday morning that he will see 10 to 20 during his drive down to New Jersey.

Mounted on the front of his bumper are little deer alert signals.

It almost looks like a jet engine. Air goes through the front of it and it makes like a high pitch whistling sound.

“It’s a high pitch whistling sound that they only can hear, not human ear,” Winoradnik said.

“And you say when you see the deer, they respond to it?” asked Adams.

“They sure do,” Winoradnik answered.

But it doesn’t always do the trick.

Transportation officials advise you to stay alert, scan the sides of the road, and slow down when you see one deer because there are likely more behind.

If it does leap out hit the brakes firmly and do not swerve. It’s better to hit the deer than the median or another car.

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