The number of drivers crashing with deer has reached an all-time high in North Carolina.
A new study from UNC found that crashes reported to police increased to 19,693 in 2008, a jump of about 400 crashes from 2007. The deer-car crashes increased despite a drop in the overall number of car crashes. Wake County has the most, with more than 1,000. But Pitt County had one of the highest numbers of reported crashes between cars and deer in the state, with 535 reported. Lenoir County reported 265 car-deer crashes, Onslow had 253, and Craven County reported 164.
The study did not explain what could be behind the increase of such crashes. Researchers warn that October, November, and December are the most dangerous for car-deer crashes, since more deer are on the on the move.
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