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Oregon Officials: Don't Swerve For Deer

AP | Oct. 31, 2012 10:12 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Oregon authorities advise drivers not to swerve when they see deer or elk in the roadway.

Drivers who swerve are likely to lose control or crash into another vehicle.

Authorities say it’s best to slow down and stay in your lane.

The advice comes from Oregon State Police, the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife as we enter November, the month when the most collisions with wildlife usually occur.

An average of 142 wildlife collisions occurred in November over the past five years in Oregon. The Statesman Journal reports there were a total of about 1,200 wildlife crashes last year.

Officials say the number of deer trying to cross roads increases in deer rut, the annual fall breeding season.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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