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Deer collisions up in Decatur County

DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) -

By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Decatur County is seeing an increase in car accidents caused by deer.

Authorities there warn people to slow down and drive at or under the speed limit, especially between dusk and dawn when deer are most active near roadways.

They say by slowing down you may spot a deer earlier and be able to avoid severe swerves that may flip your vehicle.

"If you're driving down the road at night and you see the reflection of an animal's eyes, you know they're going to light up and you'll see them," explains Rick Ashley, a Decatur County Sheriff's Deputy. 

"It's going to be some type of animal, whether it's a dog, deer, cat or fox, just take it as a warning to slow down and focus as far as your headlights will let you go."

Authorities also say it's a good idea to always wear your seat belt in case you are involved in a collision with a deer. Besides preventing you from being thrown from your vehicle, it's the law.

 
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