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New York State Police Warning Drivers To Watch Out For Deer

October Through November Most Common Time For Car-Deer Collisions
Deer Crossing (credit: clipart.com)

Deer Crossing (credit: clipart.com)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York state police and the Thruway Authority have issued their fall “Antler Alert.”

They’re warning drivers to be on alert because October through November, and May through June, are the most common times for car-deer collisions.

Last year, 2,053 such incidents occurred along the Thruway.

Drivers on the Palisades Parkway told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams they’ve seen more deer on the roads this season.

“I’ve seen them everywhere from the George Washington Bridge all the way north,” one driver said. “You’ve gotta be careful this year. I haven’t hit one, but I’ve seen them cross the street, I just missed one this year, I’ve never seen so many.”

“From my house to exit 14, I probably see about 20 to 30 each morning,” another driver said. “It seems to have gotten worse.”

Troopers are offering some tips to avoid hitting deer:

  • Be especially alert during peak activity times at dawn and dusk.
  • Scan highway shoulders for deer eyes reflecting light.
  • One deer running across is often followed by others hurrying to catch up.
  • If a collision is unavoidable, hold the steering wheel, don’t swerve, and bring the vehicle to a complete stop on the shoulder. The most serious accidents happen when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and crashes into something else.

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