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Police warning drivers to watch out for deer

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Deer mating season has arrived, and while hunters are gearing up to hit the woods, drivers should take some extra precautions as well.

According to a new report from the Michigan State Police, about 80-percent of all deer-related crashes take place on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn.

Of those 47,000 crashes reported last year, 11 resulted in deaths.

In Tuscola County, seven deer crashes were reported Tuesday, Nov. 1 to dispatchers. In Midland, police reported three crashes on the morning of Nov. 3. 

The Isabella County Sheriff’s Department also reported an increase in deer crashes. 

When broken down by county, Lapeer saw the most deer-related accidents with more than 1,200. Genesee and Sanilac closely followed, with Huron and Isabella rounding out the top five in Mid-Michigan.

Police said the most serious crashes occur when drivers try to swerve to avoid a deer and end up hitting something else.

If you encounter a deer on the road, apply the brakes firmly and keep the wheel straight to come to a stop.

To see the full report, click here.  

*Editor's note, skip ahead to page 49 for deer-vehicle crash information.*

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