As many Upper Michigan residents know, deer are on the move during this time of year, and the Michigan State Police have a few tips and reminders about how to avoid deer/vehicle crashes. Michigan ranks third on the list of the most vehicle/deer accidents in the nation. State police say each year, there are more than 60,000 reported vehicle/deer crashes in this state.
They remind motorists that the dawn and dusk hours are when deer are the most active. Police also say that deer are herd animals and when you see one, you're likely to see more. They also have some advice if you suddenly find a deer in your lane.
"If you do happen upon a deer and you can't avoid it, please don't swerve to avoid the deer. Simply break, hold onto the steering wheel firmly and prepare for impact," said 1st Lt. Bob Pernaski of the Michigan State Police. "When you try to swerve to avoid a deer, you may come into the oncoming traffic lane, you may go off the road yourself. Chances are a lot better if you just strike the deer than try to avoid it."
State police say each year, there are more than 60,000 reported vehicle/deer crashes in this state. In 2011 more than 50,000 crashes were reported statewide and eight of those resulted in fatalities. There's an average of 146 vehicle/deer crashes a day in Michigan.