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AAA warns of seasonal spike in deer crashes

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With regular hunting season now underway, AAA warns motorists that it will stir up a deer population that’s already active due to mating season.

Data shows October, November and December are by far the peak months for animal crashes in the state.

November is typically the most active, since it’s the height of deer mating season.

In 2019, there were over 36,000 animal-related crashes statewide – a 10% increase from 2018 and by far the most in the past decade, equivalent to one every 15 minutes.

Motorists should be especially vigilant while driving in the dark as deer crashes often occur outside daylight hours.

Most crashes occur in the two hours before sunrise and after sunset each day.

Crashes are common from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Drivers should always be on the lookout for hazards on the road, but the danger of deer increases every fall,” said Michael Treantis, director of insurance at AAA WCNY. “Car-deer collisions can be both deadly and costly. Drivers should pay close attention, avoid distractions and scan the road for deer to reduce the damage from an animal collision.”

Meanwhile, the local AAA Travel & Insurance Center in Ithaca will close November 30, as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed most customers to do business online, over the phone, or virtually.

There are two AAA locations in the Syracuse region, in DeWitt and Camillus.

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