By Laura Oakes, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

(WCCO) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety are out with a message in hopes of reducing car-deer crashes during this time of year when deer are most active: “DON’T VEER FOR DEER.”

State Patrol Captain Matt Langer says the best thing drivers can do if a deer comes in their path is slow down, and not try to veer around it.

He says even if the deer is hit, it’s safer than going off the road or into oncoming traffic.

Since 2007, there have been more than 8,300 deer-vehicle crashes in Minnesota, which resulted in 19 deaths. Sixteen of those deaths involved motorcyclists.

Comments (7)
  1. mike bleecker says:

    That photo is not a Minnesota whitetail deer
    photoshopped a set of elkhorns on that deer?

  2. todd says:

    Next time include a photo of a deer not an ELK!!!!

  3. In Remembrance of Kathy says:

    This is so true. I lost not only a coworker but a friend today in an automobile accident near Cushing, WI. On her way to work at St Croix Regional Medical Center around 6:40 am Kathy swerved to avoid a deer, over corrected & lost control of her vehicle and then was hit almost head on by a school bus and died instantly. People need to be made aware of how to drive when encountering a deer so that tragedies like these can be prevented. May God comfort & bless Kathy’s family during this difficult time.

  4. Billy bob says:

    People need to learn to drive no matter if they encounter a deer, a ride lit or slick roads. Legislator needs to be introduced that requires a written and driving test when you turn 21, 30, 40, 50, 60…. This would keep accidents down, fatalities down, insurance rates down, etc. Testing at 15 or 16 and never again is a joke

  5. Nancy up North says:

    It’s a reflex to dodge deer or other critters in the road. But Billy bob, what is a ride lit?
    Nice rack on the elk!

  6. ron says:

    thats a dam elk!!!!!

  7. Kathy's Daughter says:

    This is Kathy Nesgoda’s daughter. The accident is under investigation, it may have been a deer, it may not have. It wasn’t due to a cell phone, as that was still in her purse. Just an FYI.

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