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Be extra alert while driving as we head into deer mating season

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We're on the brink of deer mating season when many accidents occur on Tri-State roads.

Authorities responded to nearly 1,500 deer vs. car crashes last year in southwest Indiana and 200 of those accidents were in Vanderburgh County.

Officials say they see many accidents on I-164 and a spike in the newer portion of I-69 in Gibson County.

Officials say there is a fence dividing the road from the wildlife area, but that doesn't mean deer change their traffic pattern for drivers.  

Officials say even though the damage is expensive, it's best to hit a deer head on because too often drivers try to swerve and miss the deer, they end up in other lanes of traffic creating a more dangerous situation.

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