It's that time of year again - the deer are starting to run. October and November are the two most dangerous months of the year in Michigan for car-deer crashes, and on average there are 134 such accidents statewide every day. In 2012, there were 728 car-deer crashes in Berrien County, 424 in Cass County and 547 in Van Buren County. The worst counties were Oakland County north of Detroit with 1,683 and Kent County with 1,572. The Michigan Deer Crash Coalition is reminding us all to not swerve, but to rather slow down, grip the steering wheel and stay in your lane if a crash can't be avoided. Police say often times, crashes become more severe when a driver tries to turn sharply to avoid the animal. Eight people statewide were killed in car-deer accidents and another 1,300 were hurt.
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