MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Now that fall is here, it’s a dangerous time on the road for deer crashes.
More than a third of deer-vehicle collisions reported in the last three years happened during October and November.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) says of the 16 people killed in the last three years’ in crashes with deer, 15 were riding motorcycles.
So far this year, seven motorcyclists have been killed in such crashes.
The DPS says you shouldn’t swerve for a deer, it can cause you to lose control and hit the ditch or oncoming traffic. Trying to stop and maybe hitting a deer is actually safer than swerving.
Also, be especially cautious at dusk and dawn, when deer are most active.