Road construction brings new concern to active deer this time of year

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CARMEL, Ind. (October 11, 2015) - Drivers in Central Indiana are being asked to keep a close look out for deer especially in road construction zones.

Along U.S. 31 in Hamilton County, deer have been spotted just feet away from the edged of the roadway.

Road construction adds an extra danger to the mix.

Indiana DNR says deer are typically more active in October into November during mating season.

Nearly 50% of all deer crashes happen between October and December.

With many farmers harvesting crops, deer could be on the move, crossing roads more frequently, anytime of day, but especially at sunrise and sunset.

The Indiana Department of Transportation along with conservation officers say the best thing to do when you spot a deer is to slow down and if you have to, hit the deer head on.

Swerving to avoid hitting the deer can make a bad situation worse.

“If you're going to hit the deer, you're better off just hitting it, then moving to a safe direction rather than trying to swerve and run into something else or somebody else, so you're better off just driving through the object in that situation," said Conservation Officer William Dale.

Drivers should slow down, use headlights when you can, make sure you're paying attention to the road and make sure that you're keeping enough distance between you and the next car in case something were to happen.

These tips not only apply to drivers in more rural areas, those in more urban areas also need to stay aware.

“Just because Indianapolis is an urbanized area doesn't mean there isn't deer. There are still plenty of crop areas in Marion County and plenty of parks and forests, including areas around Eagle Creek Park," said Will Wingfield with INDOT,

Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one, others are likely to be nearby.

Pay special attention in areas near “Deer Crossing” warning signs and use high beam headlights at night when there is no opposing traffic.

A well known insurance company says the odds of and Indiana driver hitting a deer are one in 142.


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