Officials warning Minnesota drivers about deer after Isanti County wreck


A car crash in Isanti County Monday night serves as a harsh reminder that it's "people season" for deer on Minnesota's roads.

The Isanti Fire District posted a photo of the accident to its Facebook page, saying it turned into a "multiple vehicle crash" that left traffic congested on Highway 65 in Isanti:

They say three cars had to be towed from the scene, but added that nobody was injured in the accident.

"Please be aware of all of the deer moving around with the firearms season in full swing," the district said.

In a recent news release, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) pointed out that the autumn months are also a peak time for deer-vehicle crashes in the state, and that motorcyclists are especially at risk.

Motorcycle riders, the agency says, accounted for 16 of the 19 deer-related traffic fatalities over the last three years.

In 2014 alone, nearly 300 people were injured and one person killed in deer-vehicle crashes in Minnesota, according to a DPS fact sheet. There were nearly 1,000 injuries from 2011 to 2013.

DPS is also reminding motorists not to "veer for deer," as doing so can take a driver into oncoming traffic or off the road and lead to serious consequences, and also to pay close attention to the roads during the hours of 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., "when deer are most active."

In September, State Farm Insurance warned Minnesotans that they're nearly 9 percent more likely to hit a deer this year than they were last year. The odds of striking one of the animals in Minnesota this year, the company reported, are one in 81 – that's compared to the national average of one in 169.

Though Minnesota is now ranked seventh in the country for the most deer collisions (up from eighth last year), we're not the most dangerous in the U.S. According to State Farm's data, that honor goes to West Virginia, where the odds of hitting a deer are one in 44.

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