WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - The Wood County Sherriff's Department said they see the highest number of deer related car accidents in the month of November.
Sherriff Mark Wasylyshyn said this is largely due to the deer mating season and the lack of corn crops in the area.
Sixty four crashes were handled in November last year doubling what was recorded in 2010.
The Sherriff wants the public to be more vigilante with their driving especially just before sunrise and after sunset when most accidents occur.
Wasylyshyn stressed to use high beam headlights when no other cars are on the road and take extra caution through crossing zones.
"If a deer does jump out, sometimes the crash is more serious when people try to avoid the deer and they run into another vehicle or run off the road and hit a solid object. So it's better to hit the deer, again thats not going to be your natural reaction. Your reaction is going to be to turn but if you can help it.It's better to hit the deer than go off into a ditch or certainly into oncoming traffic," said Sheriff Wasylyshyn.
The Sherriff said to not rely on deer whistles or reflectors to scare deer. If a deer is hit the proper procedure is not to touch it and call 911.
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