Police warn drivers to watch out for deer on roadways
“At this time of year there are very few days that we don’t have at least one deer accident,” said State Police Lt. Chris Vetter of Troop A in Epping.
Fish and Game Conservation Officer Chris McKee said collisions between vehicles and deer usually pick up during the first two weeks of November.
McKee said he saw more collisions a few weeks ago than he has over the past week, although he did respond to one in Hooksett and another in Salem on Wednesday.
Epping Police Capt. Jason Newman said Soares had just returned to the highway after a motor vehicle stop and was traveling about 30 miles per hour when the deer ran out of the woods. Soares tried to avoid the deer but struck it with the push bumper on the front of the police cruiser.
“We have cruiser accidents with deer I don’t know how many times a year, but it’s more than one,” Vetter said.
Some of the major highways where deer are often a problem are Interstate 95, Route 101 and the Spaulding Turnpike, Vetter said.
“They should be aware, particularly in some of the more heavily wooded areas, that the possibility exists that you could look up and a deer could be in your lane,” Vetter said.