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Car vs. deer collisions happen frequently in Brookfield
Question: You hear a lot about car vs. deer collisions this time of year, but how bad is the problem around here?
Answer: Deer are especially likely to be crossing roads in October and November because these months are their mating season.
"The deer breed and they kind of throw caution to the wind," City of Brookfield Police Lt. Tim Hanaman said. "Sometimes they'll just be running full throttle, and at night you just don't see them. It's happened to me several times."
Hanaman said Brookfield had 38 vehicle-deer collisions in 2012 and has already had 20 this year. Hanaman urges drivers to look out for deer crossing signs, and to be especially careful on Calhoun Road and Capitol Drive through the wooded and marshy areas.
In 2012, the state reported almost 19,000 vehicle-deer collisions, 14 of which killed the driver. Waukesha County had the third-highest number of vehicle-deer collisions in 2012, reporting 710.
The state Department of Transportation offers several tips on what to do if you find yourself staring down a deer.
· If you see a deer on the road, hit the brakes but don't swerve. Swerving can cause you to lose control or hit something else, and it can confuse the deer about where to run if it is trying to get out of your path. The exception is if you are on a motorcycle.
· If you are on a motorcycle, do everything you can to avoid hitting the deer without hitting other cars or objects. Thirteen of the 14 fatalities in vehicle-deer collisions last year were to motorcyclists.
· If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and give your horn a long blast to scare it away. Keep driving slowly in case there are other deer in the area.
· If you hit a deer, move off the road as soon as you can and call police. Do not try to move the animal if it is still alive. It could hurt you.
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