An abundance of deer in many parts of the state is causing increasing problems, particularly in suburban and urban areas. Drivers must always be on the lookout for wildlife, particularly deer.
Doug McAvoy, owner of Camelot Auto Service, said he has about ten cars in the shop each week because of deer-related incidents. “We have more dear than we’ve ever had, this is costing people thousands,” said McAvoy.
According to new data from The National Insurance Crime Bureau, the Rochester area has more vehicle-deer collisions than any other city in Upstate New York and Rochester has the fifth highest animal loss by collisions-in the country.
AAA says the odds of a New Yorker hitting a deer are 1 in 161.
“With new housing developments and construction some of the habitats are being encroached on more so the deer are more force into areas where we live and drive,” said Brenda Cahill with AAA.
According to AAA, September through November is when the most accidents occur. AAA wants to remind folks if a deer is in sight, honk your horn with one long blast to try to scare them away. If you see and deer and the impact is unavoidable, don’t swerve away, use your brakes.
There are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year in the United States, resulting in 150 human deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.