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Rock County car-deer crashes on pace with last year

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Beth Wheelock
November 2, 2007

Drivers in rural Rock County have reported 30 deer-vehicle collisions to the State Patrol so far this year. That's two more than the same period last year.


Rock County Sheriff's officials say it's likely many more occur because the county has been on a self-reporting system for three years. The sheriff's department doesn't track those accidents unless a person is injured, the deer isn't killed in the crash or there's secondary property damage.


State Patrol Sergeant Greg Jenswold says the number of reported crashes is not a significant change from last year. He says the slight increase could be due to driver behavior, the rut starting earlier this year or a number of other factors. Jenswold says most drivers look 500 feet in front of their car. He recommends increasing that to 600 feet and watching the ditches for movement.



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