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Michigan Among Top For Car Versus Deer Collisions

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ST. JOHNS, Mich. (WLNS) - Michigan is among the top five states nationwide when it comes to car versus deer collisions.

"Since September 24th, we've taken approximately 53 car-deer crashes just in the Lansing area," said Marco Jones, with Michigan State Police.

Trooper Jones says 53 is a lot, but it's about the average for this time of year. "Normally there's a slight increase during this time of year, especially during the months of October, November, December."

Bob's Autobody in St. Johns has seen cars roll in everyday as a result of hitting deer.

Manager Steve Vannote says in just one fall month, "we could probably get 30 or 40, that's what keeps us busy."

 He says even for big trucks, a deer can do serious damage, but repairing the damage isn't cheap. Bob's Autobody has seen cars come in with up to $8,000 worth of damage, all because of a collision with a deer.

 "So you got to buy seat belts, radiator, ac fan, hood, support, bumper," said Vannote.

Jones says if a deer crosses your path and you can't stop in time, it's safer to hit it head on. "When you swerve, you run the risk of rolling the vehicle or being seriously injured." He says the best policy is to be keep your eyes open and be extra alert on the roads.

 

Experts say the most likely time deer cross roads and highways is between 6p.m. and 9p.m.

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