(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking motorists to exercise caution on state roads as deer-mating and hunting season begins.
“The fall season is the most active time of year for deer-related crashes. We want to remind drivers to watch out for deer on or around the roadways, especially at dawn or after sunset,” Col. Tracy Trott said in a statement Monday.
State officials recommend motorists be attentive and drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside at daybreak and dusk. Experts say as one deer crosses the road, more are expected to follow. Drivers are also discouraged from swerving to avoid contact with the animals as the car could flip or crash into oncoming traffic.
Drivers are encouraged to dial *847 (*THP) for assistance in the event of deer incident.
In 2013, two people were killed in traffic collisions involving deer. Officials also reported 6,135 deer-related crashes last year, a 3.2 percent increase from 2012.
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