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Published November 14 2010

Drivers warned not to swerve around deer

The Minnesota departments of public safety and natural resources are encouraging motorists to not swerve around deer on roadways, according to a news release.

Deer-vehicle crashes usually spike in the late fall as the state’s deer population becomes more active. Mating season, hunting season and harvest-related activities can all drive deer onto roads. Deer-related crashes tend to peak at night, when deer are harder to see.

Motorists should brake and try to slowly drive around a deer, according to the release. Veering around deer can cause a driver to lose control and travel off the road or into oncoming traffic.