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25 October 2018
Oh deer, drive with caution
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Edward J. Kennedy
Troop A Commander
Every October and November, Troopers handle an increased number of vehicles collisions striking deer in Troop A- Western New York. Operators should use caution around dusk and dawn.
If you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do NOT attempt to swerve. When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.
If you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911. An accident report can be completed by Troopers if your vehicle has over $1,000 in damage or if an involved person has been injured.
NYSP Troop A stats for car/deer collisions
September 2017- 83 collisions
October 2017- 181 collisions
November 2017- 314 collisions
2017 total collisions- 1,412
August 2018- 60 collisions
September 2018- 103 collisions
October to the 24th 2018- 130 collisions
2018 total up to October 24- 1,023 collisions
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