The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is reminding drivers to be on the lookout for deer this fall. One-third of crashes involving vehicles and deer happen in October and November, and the State Patrol says that motorcyclists are most at risk. State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske says there have been 7 deaths in motorcycle-deer crashes this year, which matches the record set in 2008, and we are just entering the time of year when deer are most active. He says riders need to be watchful at dusk and dawn when deer are on the move. Motorcyclists are urged to use both brakes to stop when encountering a deer as well, and ALL drivers should remember: “Don’t Veer For Deer!” Swerving to avoid a deer in the road can possibly lead to an even worse collision, such as with a tree or an oncoming vehicle.
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