Local police are warning, deer are mating and on the move

North Fulton police departments are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways. (Photo by Karen Huppertz for the AJC)
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North Fulton police departments are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways. (Photo by Karen Huppertz for the AJC)

Credit: Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Credit: Karen Huppertz for the AJC

North Fulton police departments are reminding drivers to be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways. Deer mating season is in full swing now through early December. With daylight hours getting shorter, most drivers are traveling when white-tailed deer are most active, at dawn and dusk.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division offers several tips to help drivers avoid accidents.

• Remember the deer are unpredictable. “A deer calmly standing on the side of a road may bolt into or across the road rather than away from it when startled by a vehicle.”

• When one deer crosses the road, there could be more. Slow down and be prepared to stop.

• “If it is too late to avoid a collision, drivers are advised to slow down as much as possible to minimize damage; resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer, this may cause further damage, sending drivers off the road or causing a collision with another vehicle.”