Police warn motorists to watch for deer.

October 26, 2016
- Michigan DNR photo

– Michigan DNR photo

Police warn motorists to watch for deer.


HART — With the high volume of car/deer crashes this time of year, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office is asking motorists to be on the lookout for deer on the move, especially at dawn and dusk.

“If a deer should enter the road, try not to swerve off the road, but first apply the brakes and watch out for a second, third or fourth deer following,” advised OCSO Lt. Craig Mast.

“My guys have been chasing down car/deer accidents all over the place, Mast said. “The deer are really starting to move.” In a recent, 24-hour time period, the sheriff’s office was dispatched to seven car/deer crashes.

“Each year, there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan,” according to the Michigan State Police website. “About 80 percent of these crashes occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn.”

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