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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Friday September 29th, 2017 :: 05:18 p.m. EDT


Extra Caution Needed for Increased Deer Crashes Over Next 6 Weeks. Traffic Alert for Monday road closures.

Police – Increased Deer Crashes Ahead, Extra Caution Needed
The South Brunswick Police Department is reminding motorists to be alert for increased deer activity over the next six weeks. This is typically when we see an increase in car crashes involving deer. The deer can unexpectedly dart onto roads so motorists need to use extra caution.

Motorists are urged to be especially attentive and cautious during morning and evening commutes when visibility may be poor. Deer are involved in thousands of collisions annually in New Jersey, with as many as half coming during the fall mating season, or rutting season, which peaks in November. An adult male deer can weigh 150 pounds or more.

In the past month there have been a half dozen crashes involving deer in South Brunswick. In past years the majority of crashes have taken place over the next 6 weeks.

Peak season for deer accidents in New Jersey runs from late October, throughout November, and into mid-December in all areas of the state, beginning earliest in northern regions.

Deer are most active in the very early morning and around sunset, when visibility conditions can be very difficult. Using caution while driving will become even more important when Daylight Saving Time ends November 6, causing commutes to align with periods when deer are most active. For motorists, low levels of light and sun glare can make it very difficult to see deer that are about to cross the road. Moreover, multiple deer may cross the road at any given moment, usually in a single file.

The following tips can help motorists stay safe during from deer crashes:

  1. If you see a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden movement. If the deer doesn’t move, don’t go around it. Wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear.
  2. Pay attention to “Deer Crossing” signs. Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you will have ample time to stop if necessary.
  3. If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or near roads. If you see one deer, be on guard: others may be in the area. Deer typically move in family groups at this time of year and cross roads single-file.
  4. Don’t tailgate. Remember: the driver in front of you might have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
  5. Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and sensible speed, considering weather, available lighting, traffic, curves and other road conditions.
  6. If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact. The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately, but stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed structure along the road.
  7. Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency immediately.
  8. Obey the state’s hands-free device law or, better yet, avoid any distractions by refraining from using cellular devices while driving.
Monday October 2, 2017
  • 9am to 3pm - Nancy Street between Talia Road and Timothy Avenue will be closed. Local detours will be set up.
  • 8pm to 6am (Tuesday) - Ridge Road, at Route 130, will be closed for road work. A local detour will be set up.

South Brunswick Twp Police Department
540 Ridge Rd
South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 732-329-4646

Captain James Ryan

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