Drivers on Alabama roads need to do more than watch out for the other guy this time of year - they must watch out for deer in the road.
More than 25,000 collisions between cars and deer have been reported in Alabama in the last 10 years. Department of Transportation reports say that 49 people have been killed in that time in collisions between vehicles and animals in Alabama.
This is the worst time of year for such accidents. Wildlife biologist Keith Guyse of the Alabama Department of Conservation says deer become more active in winter months because they are looking for food and because deer breed in January.
Collisions between cars and deer are not confined to rural areas. State troopers two urban counties, Jefferson and Madison, rank among the top 10 counties in the state for reports of vehicles hitting deer.
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