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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Careful driving can reduce risk of deer accident

  • McPherson County saw 18 accidents involving deer in October, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has offered tips for what to do if people find themselves facing deer in their headlights.
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  • McPherson County saw 18 accidents involving deer in October, and the Kansas Highway Patrol has offered tips for what to do if people find themselves facing deer in their headlights.
    According to the highway patrol, deer accidents typically spike this time of year. Highway Patrol recommends looking out for deer, especially at dawn and dusk, and to stay alert.
    Highway Patrol also recommends slowing down at deer crossing signs, since deer accidents have repeatedly occurred at these locations. Drivers should also be aware that deer travel in groups.
    Despite taking precautions, sometimes deer-related accidents are unavoidable. Joshua Kellerman, a lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said sometimes deer hit the car, not the other way around.
    “Generally, deer just jump out at you,” Kellerman said. “Sometimes, an accident is unavoidable.”
    Should motorists find a collision imminent, Kellerman said they should hit the dear head-on rather than swerve out of the way because swerving often leads to worse consequences.
    “People end up going off the road and losing control in the ditch. If they swerve the wrong way, they might end up in a head-on collision with oncoming traffic,” Kellerman said. “Swerving is the natural instinct, but you're better off striking the deer.”
    Highway Patrol recommends motorists stay in their car and pull to the side of the road if possible to avoid other collisions. Kellerman said motorists should tell the 911 dispatcher if deer or debris remains in the roadway.
    More information can be found on the Kansas Highway Patrol website at www.kansashighwaypatrol.org.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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