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DNR, HP warn drivers to be vigilant about deer

By Brandi Cummings - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Regina Polite was taking part of her supposedly normal Wednesday morning drive when it changed pretty quickly.

"I was listening to the radio and all of a sudden, something hit my car almost pushing me over into the oncoming traffic lane," said Polite.

She says out of the corner of her eye, she saw a deer.

"When I tried to open the front door, that's when I realized he'd hit the door," said Polite.

Her story is like hundreds of others and you should be aware.

"You never know when deer are going to be out crossing the roadways," said South Carolina LCpl. Josef Robinson.

Officials say nearly 60 percent of the deer versus vehicle crashes happen during the fall months of September, October, and November.

"This is their breeding season," said Robert McCullough from the Department of Natural Resources. "This when deer go out into rut and both male and female are moving a lot."

Polite's accident happened at about 6:30 a.m. McCullough says deer accidents are common in the early morning and late evening, because deer move when we move.

"It's a feeding pattern for them and it's a work pattern for us," said McCullough.

Robinson says there is no absolute way to prevent deer from walking onto the road.

"It's just a matter of being prepared and expecting deer to always be out on the roadways," said Robinson.

Polite's 2-year-old son was in the back seat during her accident. He's ok, but she's still shaken up and upset because the car is new and she hadn't even made the first payment.

"I'm sad my car is damaged, but child is okay and I'm okay," said Polite.

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