More deer on the move, more likely to dart in front of traffic

    More deer are on the move this month, which means many of them are more likely to dart in front of traffic.

    NewsWorks’ Carolyn Beeler reports new numbers from State Farm Insurance revealed an estimated one in 86 licensed drivers in Pennsylvania hit a deer in the year ending in June, making the state the fourth-most collision prone in the country.

    According to the State Farm study, deer-car collisions were down last year for the third straight year, which could be the result of less driving due to the recession.

    Still, Pennsylvania had the most collisions, with an estimated 100,000 run-ins with deer, according to the study.

    In New Jersey, officials are urging drivers to be alert, especially around dawn and dusk when visibility is low and deer are most active.

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