(WALB) - Experts said that more south Georgia drivers are colliding with deer. And that it's now a year-round problem in the state that is dangerous and costly.
Plantation Collision Body Shop Workers stay busy repairing cars that hit deer, and they are also seeing an increase of cars that deer are running into.
Owner Scott Bivins said those deer car collisions are now happening year round.
"Used to be seasonal. And like I say past, I would say three years, is getting more and more year round," said Bivins. "More so over the course of this past year."
While cars are better made to protect people, with less serious injuries, the cost of repair for those cars is also increasing.
The average repair is now thousands of dollars, and many cars are being totaled in deer collisions.
"You see a lot more totaling now a days because of the added features," explained Bivins. "Like safety bags and seat belt restraint systems."
Even if you don't hit a deer with your car, the increased number of collisions will still cost you more in insurance payments.
"They are not going to penalize a particular driver for hitting a deer or a deer hitting them. But it does just show there are increased claims in that area, and so they will possibly raise the rates for comprehensive only," said Copelan Insurance Agency President Bill Copelan.
Bivins said that many of his customers, while looking at their wrecked cars, are demanding the state reduce the deer population.
"They increased the amount of deer the individual can take during the hunting season," said Bivins. "But they haven't extended the season itself. Is what really needs to be done."
And both insurance and body shop owners agree, the number of deer car collisions in south Georgia will be increasing in the next couple of months.
They said that the best ways to try to avoid a collision and keep insurance costs down are to slow down, use your bright lights and be aware.