Mason City, Iowa - Well with spring finally here, drivers need to be even more alert on the roads.
Whether you’re driving on the highway, or back roads, it’s time to watch especially close for deer.
Iowa State Patrol says it’s usually around spring and fall that deer are more apt to take a chance and cross the road.
Right now the food is supply is limited so they’re going to be on the move trying to find some.
Trooper Carlos Lopez says if you find yourself heading toward hitting one head-on, there’s one thing you should do.
“If you see deer, we use the phrase “don’t veer for deer.” By veering you can cause more damage than if you actually hit the deer you could roll your car and cause serious injury. Things like that if you’re going to hit the deer break into a straight line,” said Lopez.
Lopez says from 2007 to 2011 more than 300 crashes involving deer were reported in the Cerro Gordo County area.