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Antler Alert: It's deer season on the NYS Thruway
Beware of Bambi. It's deer season, folks.
The New York State Thruway sent out its twice-a-year "Antler Alert" Wednesday, warning motorists that May and June are months when deer are more likely to wander near highways. (October and November are also big months for roaming deer).
Some 2,000 deer vs. car collisions occurred on the Thruway last year, despite dozens of deer crossing signs posted along the highway at spots where there have been more than the usual number of crashes, officials said.
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So the Thruway people are offering tips to keep in mind that may help motorists avoid the swift, four-legged creatures.
• Deer are more active during the evening hours, dusk and dawn.
• While driving, scan the roadside for deer eyes reflecting light.
• Flashing the car's high beams and sounding the horn might help keep deer away but don't bank on it.
• If you see a single deer, he's probably brought along a few friends. They tend to travel in packs.
• Brake firmly if you see a deer in your lane and do not veer. "The most serious vehicle accidents occur when drivers veer at high speeds and strike another vehicle or go off the road," Thruway officials warn.
• Swerving to avoid a deer might cause the animal to run into the roadway.
• If you do hit a deer, don't attempt to touch the animal. Drive off the road as far from the highway as possible and turn on your hazard flashers. Stay in the vehicle and wait for help.
The Thruway Authority's emergency number is 1-800-842-2233 or just dial 911.