Motorists Urged to be Careful of Deer Crossing Roadways
In the summer months, there can be a spike in fawns crossing Lakeway roadways. Motorists are reminded to be aware and careful of the increased presence of deer on residential streets this time of year. Fawns often follow does in road crossings and they can be slow and clumsy. If you see a doe crossing a road, assume a fawn is trailing her. If you don't slow down when you see the doe, you could kill the fawn. This is a common mistake, one you will not forget if you make it.
Lakeway Police Department shares the following tips for avoiding crashes with deer:
- Drivers should stay alert and slow down in areas with deer-crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
- Be vigilant in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for deer. Deer typically move between daytime resting areas to evening feeding places. Eliminate distractions while driving and don’t speed.
- If you see a deer by the side of the road, slow down and always watch for others in the area.
- If you see one deer cross a road, look for more. Deer often travel in groups and more could be out of view nearby, especially fawns.
- If you find a deer looming in your headlights, don't expect the deer to move away.
- Headlights can confuse a deer and cause the animal to freeze.
- Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path.
- Do not swerve. It can confuse the deer as to where to run.
- It can also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.
- The one exception is if you are riding a motorcycle. In this case, you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if you need to in order to avoid hitting the deer. When swerving on a motorcycle, always try to stay within the lane if at all possible to avoid hitting other objects.
- If your vehicle strikes a deer, stay in your vehicle and do not touch the animal if it is still alive.
- The injured deer, in attempting to move, could hurt you or itself.
- Walking or stopping on the highway is very dangerous—you could be hit by an oncoming vehicle if you get out of your car.
- The best advice is to immediately turn on your flashers, move onto the shoulder to avoid oncoming traffic if possible, and call law enforcement (911).