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December 2, 2007

Dougherty County -- South Georgia drivers need to be extra cautious this time of year.

Dougherty County Police officers are seeing a rise in cars hitting deer.

This time of year is mating season. And it's not uncommon for bucks to cross roads to be able to get to doe on the other side.

A common mistake many drivers make is focusing on the first deer they see on the side of roads.

"Quite often the deer that you see on the side of the road is not the deer that you hit. There may be deer on the opposite side of the road that my cross to join the deer that you are looking at. And those are the deer you end up hitting," said Ben Kirkland of the Parks at Chehaw.

Deer tend to be on the side of roadways with wooded habitat on both sides.

Drivers should drive the speed limit or lower at those areas especially during the evening hours to prevent hitting deer.

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