Wednesday, 09 December 2020 20:57

Minnesota Getting its First Highway Crossing for Animals

Written by Melissa Turtinen, Bring Me The News


...20 people died in deer-related crashes and 121 suffered serious injuries.


Public safety officials offering the following tips to avoid crashes with deer:


Be more cautious from 6-9 p.m. when deer are most active, and slow down in areas that are known to have large populations of deer---areas where roads divide agricultural fields from forest land and whenever in forested areas between dusk and dawn.


Use high beams as much as possible and watch for the reflection of deer eyes and their silhouettes on the shoulder---slow down if you see anything.
Deer are unpredictable---they stop in the middle of the road, re-cross back, move toward your vehicle---so sound your vehicle horn to urge deer to leave the road. Stop if the deer stays on the road; don't try to go around it. 


Don't swerve to avoid a deer---this can cause you to lose control and travel off the road or into oncoming traffic. 


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