THP warns motorists of deer on roads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is warning motorists about deer-related crashes during the fall and winter.

THP Col. Tracy Trott is urging drivers to be aware and cautious in areas where deer are found. Trott says the chances of striking deer are considerably higher during hunting and mating season, especially in November.

The THP says three people were killed in crashes involving deer last year in the state. There were 5,911 deer-related crashes in 2012, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 5,670 crashes involving deer the previous year.

Deer tend to move at dawn and dusk during mating season. The THP says motorists should not swerve to avoid contact with deer. Swerving could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash.

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