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Local drivers warned about deer on the move

It’s deer mating season, which mean the critter are distracted and on the move. Local drivers should be on the lookout. (File Photo)

With so much of Moore County existing along rural, narrow, tree-lined roads, it pays to be extra careful this time of year to avoid collisions with deer. It’s deer mating season, which mean the critter are distracted and on the move.

According to state safety officials, there are nearly 8,000 deer-related crashes each year in our state and Tennessee ranks 32 in states where you are most likely to be involved in a deer-vehicle collision.

There are some simple steps you can take to avoid an accident:

1| If you see one deer, you should expects others to be nearby. Slow down.

2| From sunset to midnight and shortly before and after sunrise are the most common times for deer travel.

3| Never swerve to miss a deer. Stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars. Simply brake firmly and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.

4| Do not attempt to move an injured or dead deer from the roadway. Deer can inflict serious injuries.

5| Always report a collision with a deer, even if the damage is minor. Collision with a deer is usually covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.

Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the nearest Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional office and report the accident within 48 hours. Moore County exists in Region 2 District 22 and may be reached by phone at 615-781-6622 or 800-624-7406. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

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