AAA: auto accidents with deer highest in November

A caution deer sign near Olander Park in Sylvania. (WNWO/Marcus Espinoza)

According to Triple A as the sun sets earlier accidents involving vehicles and animals goes up.

Just last year the Ohio Department of Public Safety says 18,000 crashes involved deer, five of those involving fatalities.

"We're handling almost two vehicle deer crashes a day during the month of November," said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

Last November Triple A reports more than 4,000 drivers across the country hit a deer.

And just last month a Wood County squad car became a victim too.

"We had a brand new cruiser last month (and) the second day it was on the road, a deer ran into the side of the car and did about $1,200 in damage," said Sheriff Wasylyshyn.

Triple A also recommends installing deer whistles.

"You literally just stick them on the front of your bumper and they're at such a pitch you can't hear them but the deer do," said Bob Kazmierczak with Triple A.

The sheriff also says despite your instinct to swerve resist that initial reaction.

"We strongly encourage to keep driving. Don't try to swerve to miss the deer when it's in front of you because we've had more serious crashes when people swerve and go into a ditch or hit a tree or hit a poll," said Sheriff Wasylyshyn.

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