DOT Warns Drivers to Watch for June Deer
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APPLETON, WI -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is sending out a warning for drivers as we head into the month of June. It's time to be on the look-out for deer.
June is the most dangerous month for crashes, when deer are searching for places to give birth and young separate from their mothers. And in many places accidents are already happening.
At Peotter's Collision Center in Appleton, they already have two cars in after hitting deer.
“Deer came out, she didn't see it. And the deer ran into the side of her,” said Wayne Morgan, the owner, describing one of the accidents.
After 23 years he knows the problem isn’t going away.
“We are always going to have them, they're always going to be here,” he said.
So if you do see that deer what's the best thing to do?
“First and foremost, don't swerve,” said Mike Panosh with the Wisconsin State Patrol. “Which would you rather hit? A deer in your way, or an oncoming vehicle? I think the vast majority of us would want to hit the deer.”
Hit your horn for one long blast and brake in a straight line. If you have to hit the deer your car will likely take the impact.
“They're so unpredictable, in the sense that they can be anywhere at any time,” said Panosh. “So people just need to be aware.”
Dawn and dusk are peak times for deer that rarely travel alone.
And for motorcyclists things can be extra dangerous.
“Whether it's putting the bike down, or swerve out of the way, you're just going to have to do the best you can at that moment,” said Panosh.
The state patrol wants to remind people that deer can roam in the city as well as the country, no area is off limits.