County sees 25 percent increase in deer-related car accidents - WNEM TV 5

County sees 25 percent increase in deer-related car accidents

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TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Colleen Stephens works at the State Street Diner. No doubt some of that hard earned money will be used to repair her car.

"I did not hit the deer, my husband did. And he has not fixed the damage yet," Stephens said.

It had a run in with a deer, a big seasonable problem in Tuscola County and throughout Mid-Michigan.

The sheriff's department has already handled 73 car deer crashes this month, up 25 percent from this time last year.

"I was mad. I just got the truck a little bit ago and I didn't even get to be the one to trash it," Stephens said.

Authorities said speed is a factor in some of these car deer accidents. So much so that they've set up a radar trailer in some rural parts of the county, with some motorists going as fast as 83 mph on Lewis Road.

Glen Skrent is the undersheriff. He said these types of crashes pose a real danger to deer and driver alike.

"I know sometimes you just can't avoid a car deer crash. But sometimes I think if you're going a little bit too fast and if you're going slower you probably could avoid the crash," Skrent said.

To put that into perspective, a car moving at 55 mph travels at a rate of 70 feet a second.

"So if you can imagine hitting an object that weighs up to 200 pounds it can depending on the type of vehicle it could come through the windshield or whatever," Skrent said.

Skrent said the combination of higher deer population with more people on the road could be the reason for the uptick in crashes.

Stephens said she's hoping to hit a deer soon, with a bullet.

"That I get a big one with my gun this weekend and not my truck!" Stephens said.

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