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Police remind drivers of deer season with 'Antler Alert'

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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:

  • Always wear your seatbelt; it's the law.
  • Be more aware of deer throughout May and June.
  • Deer are more active during evening, dusk and dawn.
  • Scan shoulders of the roadside for deer eyes reflecting light.
  • Using high beams and sounding horn may help to repel deer, but won't necessarily prevent a collision.
  • Slow down when approaching deer standing at the roadside, as they may run into oncoming traffic.
  • Deer often move in groups. Where there's one, there may be more.
  • If you see a deer in your lane, brake firmly. The most serious vehicle-deer accidents occur when drivers veer at high speeds, and strike another vehicle or go off the road.
  • Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. This can confuse deer and possibly cause them to go into the roadway.
  • If you are involved in a vehicle-deer collision, do not attempt to approach or touch the deer.

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.

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