Although motor vehicle-deer collisions can happen year-round, November is the month with the highest risk, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Here are some tips to help avoid collisions with deer:

•See the Signs: deer-crossing signs are posted in high-risk areas. Drive with extreme caution, especially in the posted areas.

•Deer Don’t Roam Alone: deer often run together. If you see one deer near or crossing the road, expect that others will follow.

•Danger from Dusk to Dawn: watch for deer especially at dawn and after sunset. About 20 percent of these crashes occur in early morning, while more than half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.

•Safety Begins Behind the Wheel: always wear safety belts, avoid distractions and drive at safe, sensible speeds for road conditions.

•If a vehicle strikes a deer, motorists should report the crash by calling the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

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