Columbia County ends 2008 with deer-vehicle crash record

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Columbia County almost doubled the number of deer-vehicle collisions in 2008, surpassing 600 by the year's last day.

The previous record high was 472 back in 2003, and last year there were only 366.

The high rate of deer strikes is not slowing down at all and is expected to continue into 2009, according to county emergency officials.

Pam Tucker, the county's emergency services director, said there are several theories as to why there were so many in 2008.

She said it's likely due to a combination of development infringing on deer habitat, more vehicles on roadways and the early cold weather, which makes the animals more active.

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whynot2
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whynot2 01/01/09 - 09:49 am
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She has to keep her name in

She has to keep her name in the paper.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/01/09 - 11:14 am
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Does Mrs. Tucker not

Does Mrs. Tucker not appreciate any role for driver inattentiveness in the plethora of deer-car collisions?

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 01/01/09 - 12:13 pm
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Whynot2, Did you ever

Whynot2, Did you ever consider that the AC staff might have contacted her, seeing as she is the person responsible for the Emergency Services in Columbia County?

coolette
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coolette 01/01/09 - 12:22 pm
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It would be nice to have a

It would be nice to have a break down of where these collisions happened, so drivers can be aware in certain locations. I bet many are out by Greenbrier, where they just cleared land.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 01/01/09 - 12:22 pm
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CraigSpinks, Though I have

CraigSpinks, Though I have not hit a deer in many years(Thank God) I have seen many times that I narrowly avoided them, and yes, I do pay attention, very close attention, especially at night. I also drive slower at night. The increase in traffic makes it harder to brake effectively. My suggestion is keeping clear of other drivers but, the slower you go the more the other drivers tailgate. I usually slow down and let them pass, then I can put on brakes when I need to, until the next tailgater comes. It does have alot to do with driving habits, but I think inattentiveness is lesser the cause than tailgating. If you put yourself in a situation to have a collision enough times the odds will eventually turn on you.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/01/09 - 05:20 pm
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After Jan 20, these deer

After Jan 20, these deer crashes won't be George Bush's fault anymore. I wonder if they'll fall off sharply.

Painter
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Painter 01/01/09 - 07:47 pm
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The deer whistles which

The deer whistles which attach to the front bumper seem to work. I lived in an area where deer were plentiful. After I put the whistles on my vehicles I quit seeing so many. I never did hit any but one hit my wife. That deer actually went across the road and doubled back to hit her. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. The best thing is to not over react. More people are injured by their own reaction than actual collision with the deer.

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DodgeD50 01/01/09 - 09:41 pm
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There's plenty of wild dear

There's plenty of wild dear running around in Columbia County

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