New York state police and the Thruway Authority have issued their fall “Antler Alert” warning drivers to be careful because October through November and May through June are the most common times for car–deer collisions. Last year 2,053 such incidents occurred along the Thruway.
Peak deer activity times are dawn and dusk. Drivers should scan highway shoulders for deer eyes reflecting light. Troopers warn that a single deer running across the highway is often followed by others hurrying to catch up. They say that if a collision is unavoidable, hold the steering wheel, don’t swerve, and bring the vehicle to a complete stop on the shoulder.