It’s that time of the year when accidents involving deer are on the rise. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Highway Patrol Captain Tim Hull:
The animals lose their hiding spots as farmers mow down their fields. If a deer does come into the vehicle’s path, Hull encourages drivers to avoid swerving. “We always recommend, the safest thing to do, is slow down as much as possible with your braking system on your vehicle, steer straight, and go ahead and strike the deer,” said Hull, “The outcome there is going to be less damage than actually swerving off the roadway and striking some other object, or the vehicle overturning or striking another vehicle. It’s just a lot more serious type of accident when you try to take evasive maneuvers in that situation.” If drivers do come in contact with a deer, Hull encourages them to immediately notify the Highway Patrol by dialing *55 on their cell phones.