Fall is here and more deer are out on the roads

Fall is here and more deer are out on the roads
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - As temperatures drop, more deer may be seen crossing the roads.

The Craighead County Sheriff's Department has tips on how to avoid an accident with a deer this year.

Lieutenant Aaron Davis said deer are most active around dawn and dusk.

"The sun is either coming up or going down and the visibility is very low," Davis said. "It causes a lot of accidents especially in the county."

Davis said since there is little visibility drivers should slow down and be cautious.

He also said the worst accidents happen when people try to avoid the deer.

"It occurs from a secondary collision or you swerving trying to miss the deer and running off the road, hitting a tree or rolling over in a ditch or something," Davis said.

If you do hit a deer, Davis said you should move the vehicle over to the side of the road safely and call police.

Drivers should not attempt to move the deer because it could still be alive or have diseases.

Davis said Craighead Sheriff's Department has responded to around 40 deer and vehicle accidents over the past three years.

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