WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – David Freese's experience Thanksgiving day reminds all of us just how dangerous meeting a deer on the road can be.
Drivers coming face to face with a deer on the road may first think they need to swerve to protect themselves and the animal. But that's the wrong instinct according to Missouri Highway Patrol Officers.
"You might swerve into oncoming traffic and hit somebody head-on. Just brake, slow your speed, and hit what ever is in the lane," says Trooper Juston Wheetley.
He believes your odds of surviving with fewer injuries are better if you run into a deer instead of swerving and losing control of your car.
"The animal is softer than a tree ..so anything that's softer is gonna be better to hit. It's not stationery like a tree," Wheetley said.
Deer are most active in November and December. Dan Zarlenga of the Missouri Conservation Department warns they often travel in groups so if you see one at the side of the road, more may be getting ready to dart across the highway.
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