Deer strikes on the rise

With deer mating season now underway, drivers should be extra vigilant for the animals running into the road.

 AAA Mid-Atlantic says drivers should remember that while they may be enjoying looking at fall foliage this time of year, deer are looking for something else entirely.  “Deer are literally on the prowl with only one goal in sight – finding a mate,” says AAA’s Jim Lardear.  “Deer crashes can be dangerous and costly.”  

Drivers should especially be on the lookout for deer on rural, wooded roads, and during commuting times when deer are likely to be most active.  Mating season begins in October and runs through December.  November is the peak of the season.  AAA says because deer are herd animals, it’s likely that if you see one, more are likely nearby.

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