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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Arkansas #5 in Deer Car Wrecks

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- People getting out and driving around dusk need to be extra cautious because that's the time deer are more likely to be along the roadways.

"We're estimating between 750,000 to a 1,000,000 deer," said Shaun Merrell.

Driving just about anywhere in Region 8 at night you can see deer standing on the side of the road.  In Arkansas you have a 1 in 108 chance that you'll hit one.  Shaun Merrell with the Forrest L. Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center said deer are everywhere.

"This time of year the deer are becoming more active," said Merrell.

"Arkansas is full of two lane highways with trees close on both sides that's where the deer will cross," said State Farm Insurance Agent Skip Highfill.

"If you're in an area and you see a sign much like you're in school area that means this is a pretty high deer crossing area.  If you see that sign on a roadway that means you want to slow down and be more aware of your surroundings," said Highfill.

One reason for the increase in the past year could be that the deer are more used to the sound of traffic.

"In the urban areas the growth there is pushing the deer into places they're not normally and it's pushing them out onto the highways," said Highfill.

The damage a deer can do to a car will likely cost you more this year than it did last year.  A State Farm Insurance Study shows that the cost to repair your car after a collision has gone up 2.5 percent this year from last year.

"There's always less injury if you hit the animal than trying to swerve and maybe come into head on into an oncoming car or swerve off and overturn off the road.  You're less likely to be injured if you hit the animal if the deer vehicle collision is inevitable," said Merrell.

And when you do see one deer watch for another because deer don't usually travel alone.

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