AAA Alabama Offers Advice on How to Avoid Deer Strikes After Two People Die in Crash
NORTHPORT, Ala. (WBRC) – Northport police continue to investigate a fatal crash that left two people dead earlier this week.
Investigators believe one of the drivers was trying to avoid hitting a deer. They found a dead deer near the scene of that crash. It happened Wednesday night just before 8:30 p.m.
When driving, follow these tips to avoid striking deer:
- Avoid driving, but if you must drive, slow down and be carefully observant in the dusk hour and into the night, and before full lighting in the morning.
- Be aware that the deer hunting season begins in mid-November and goes to the end of January; during these times deer are more apt to be moving at night especially when it is cold.
- Deer are rarely alone — when you see one be ready for another. Slow down.
- Deer like the fresh planted grass along the roadsides — if you know grass is there be especially looking out for deer and slow down.
- When driving out in the country during the day, especially in the spring and summer, note where you see deer; they will be in these same areas in the fall and winter.
- Many deer-caused fatalities involve drivers losing control of their vehicles when trying to avoid deer. Do not brake and turn at the same time in such a way as to lose control, especially when other vehicles are in the area. If necessary, brake firmly first; then turn to avoid the collision.
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