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Deer Collisions Bring Attention to Road Safety

From now until mid-December it's deer mating season and bucks chasing does have no regard for traffic

By Mark Schnyder
|  Friday, Nov 9, 2012  |  Updated 5:46 PM CDT
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A warning for North Texans after two drivers hit deer this morning on FM 2499, it's mating season and bucks are chasing does with no regard for traffic.

Mark Schnyder, NBC 5 News

A warning for North Texans after two drivers hit deer this morning on FM 2499, it's mating season and bucks are chasing does with no regard for traffic.

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Flower Mound and Grapevine are two examples of areas in North Texas where rural life and city life collide, in some cases literally.

"You don't have time to react," said Michelle Releford, with the Texas Department of Transportation. "A lot of times what happens is the driver over-corrects and it causes a serious accident."

Neither driver was seriously injured in two separate crashes with deer on Farm-to-Market Road 2499 Friday morning. 

Rich Rewerts, a motorcyclist, agrees reaction time is next to nothing when it comes to deer on highways.

"I ultimately try to avoid those times of day, dusk and dawn, when they're really rutting around out there -- but otherwise just keep those eyes swiveling as much as you can," said Rewerts.

Releford said it's best if those driving on rural roads plan on seeing a deer rather than be surprised by one.

"We're having shorter days now so people are more tired going home, so be very alert if you're driving out into the country to go home. You're going to see some wildlife sometime," said Releford.

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