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TxDOT spokesperson gives tips to avoid deer-related wrecks

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Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 1:39 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Deer season begins Saturday, and the autumn season is a peak time for deer-related crashes. However, as long as drivers are cautious on roadways, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesman said there are actions drivers can take to help avoid these wild animals.

TxDOT spokesperson Jeff Williford said a high alert time for deer is from 6 p.m. to midnight. He said that you should look for signs that indicate animal crossing and deer that mark common areas for wildlife.

“Swerving is probably what your instinct tells you to do, but a lot of times, that makes things a lot more dangerous. So again, try to brake, you know. Again, when you’re in heavily wooded areas, even areas with signs, watch your speed. And if you do see a deer give it a warning that you’re coming. Honk your horn,” Williford said.

Williford urged drivers to use their high beams when other traffic is not oncoming, so deer will be easier to see.

“On average in Texas, there’s about 700 crashes a year involving wild animals. And on average for a year, that’s about 17 fatalities. And so what we always say is one fatality is too many, and so, we always want to be aware of our surroundings. Try to scan the road when you’re driving,” Williford said.

If you do hit a deer on the road, stay in your car.

“Pull off onto the side of the road, and try to stay in your car. Again, most of these collisions are just happening on two-lane roads, so stay in your car. Call 911 if you can. Don’t approach the animal. If it is hurt and it is able to get up, you know it could be angry,” Williford said.

Williford said many studies show that 89 percent of wrecks involving wild animals happen on two-lane roads.

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