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Deer on the road

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With fall upon us, drivers need to be aware as the number of deer out and about will be up due to breeding season.

In 2012, the Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that there were 21-thousand collisions with deer on Ohio roadways. Those resulted in almost 900 injuries and five fatalities. The number of deer-car collisions increase starting in October and peaking in November.

State Highway Patrol officials urge drivers to be aware of their surroundings and be extra cautious around dusk and dawn. If a deer does enter your path stay straight and slow down as much as possible.

Lt. Brant Zemelka also urges drivers not to swerve to miss the animal. Swerving and over correcting could lead to a more serious accident than just hitting the deer.

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