TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office wants drivers to be on the look out for deer.
Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the deer are out looking for cover as farmers begin harvest. Hunting season also brings the animals out of the woods and onto roadways.
Goldsmith said so far this year, there have been 154 crashes with deer in the county. Nearly a third of those have happened since August.
While it may seem like a no brainer, Goldsmith said it's better to be safe than sorry.
"We have a lot of people that are moving from the cities out into the county, and they're not used to seeing deer all over the place like we have here," he said. "So it's just wanting them to be mindful and slow down a bit."
Goldsmith said it's important to remember deer usually don't travel alone.
"They travel in groups," he explained. "So, if you see one, there's obviously usually one close by. So, slow down, come to stop. Once you start trying to veer into oncoming traffic or down into a ditch you can get yourself in trouble."
Sometimes hitting a deer is unavoidable. Goldsmith said if it happens, don't leave the scene and make sure to call police immediately. Police will file a report for insurance purposes.