• Don’t Veer for Deer

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This is the message for motorists in Michigan. October and November are the most dangerous months to drive in Michigan. The white-tailed dears, in an astonishing number of 1.75 million usually try to cross the state highways, ending up as road-kills. Car vs Deer accidents cause an estimated 130 million $ worth of damage per year (an average of $2.000 per vehicle).

Due to this problem, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm has proclaimed driving through Michigan in October as “Car-Deer Crash Safety Awareness Month”.

Pleading in favor of the cute, but extremely large and heavy animals is The Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (MDCC). This coalition is in its 10th year of defending the animals rights. They’ve asked motorists that drive through out the state to be extra careful.

"Statistics show that most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting the deer and strike a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle," said coalition Chairman Jack Peet of AAA Michigan. "No one wants to see a deer destroyed, but striking the animal is often the safest action."

2005 is the yet the year with the biggest reduction of car-deer related accidents since 1995. According to the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center 2005 has seen with approximately  4000 accidents less than 2004.

Don't Veer for Deer
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The top 10 counties in 2005 were:

  • Jackson -2.111

  • Calhoun -2.018

  • Oakland -1.704

  • Montcalm -1.575

  • Eaton 1.450

  • Ingham 1.439

  • Kalamazoo 1.303

  • Lapeer 1.238

  • Clinton 1.229

 

The MDCC recommend that if a crash with a deer is unavoidable do the following:

  • DON’T Swerve

  • Brake firmly

  • Hold onto the steering wheel with both hands

  • Come to a controlled stop

  • Steer your vehicle well off the roadway

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