Police Warning Drivers Of Deer On The Road (VIDEO)

By Benecia Brown - 21Alive

October 8, 2013 Updated Oct 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Indiana State Police are warning drivers to be on the lookout for deer.

Experts say deer are very active this season, making it more likely for one to jump into the roadway and into oncoming traffic.

Officers offer a few tips to keep drivers and their passengers safe.

When driving in rural areas, they recommend driving with high beams on so shadows or reflections of deer can be seen.

Also it is important to look at the headlights of oncoming traffic for any breaks in light.

"The deer populations are starting to get on the move a little more,” Sergeant Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police said. “A lot of that is coming from the seasons that are already in swing crop harvest and hunting season. Typically and generally deer tend to be a little bit more active during the early morning, pre-dawn hours as well as the hours following dusk. And really, during late October into early November is when they are really moving around during their rut, or their mating season."

If you hit a deer, police recommend you to stay inside your vehicle in case the deer survives and tries to defend itself.

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