Motorists urged to slow down to avoid hitting deer
by Charles Warner Editor
UNION COUNTY — The S.C. Highway Patrol is urging motorists in Union County to use extra care while driving in October because of the increased likelihood of colliding with deer.
L/Cpl Billy Elder, SCHP Community Relations Officer, said Thursday that the patrol receives more reports of car versus deer collisions in October than any other month of the year. Elder said this is due to the deer population being more on the move because of hunting season. He said motorists in rural communities like Union County should exercise caution and slow down, especially during those times of the day they are most likely to risk a collision with deer.
“October is the month we have the most car versus deer collisions in South Carolina,” Elder said. “Last year we had 411 reports of car versus deer collisions. We feel that number is the low side of things because people may not always report when they hit a deer, but we have more reports in October followed by the month of November. These are the two months we see the greatest chance of a car versus deer collision.
“We want to remind people of that and urge them to slow down, especially early morning and late evening as that is when the deer population is most likely be on the move with hunters either getting in early or out late,” he said. “We want people to slow down a bit and be cognizant of the damage and particularly the injury that can result from a car versus deer collision.”
Elder pointed out that in Union County in 2012 there were 16 “deer-related” collisions that resulted in people being injured.
Editor Charles Warner can be reached at 864-427-1234, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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