The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police are reminding drivers of the dangers of deer season with the semi-annual "Antler Alert."
Deer become more active and are more frequently present along the roadside in May and June. Most deer-vehicle collisions on the Thruway occur May through June and October through November, according to the Thruway Authority.
The Thruway Authority uses deer crossing signs at locations with a higher-than-average history of vehicle-deer collisions. They say more than 2,000 of these incidents occurred along the Thruway in 2012.
The Thruway Authority offers these safety tips for motorists:
If a vehicle-deer accident occurs, motorists should make every attempt to drive their vehicle as far off the highway as possible, park on the right shoulder, activate their four-way hazard flashers, and stay in the vehicle and wait until help arrives.