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Study: Wake County Has Most Deer-Related Crashes

Posted October 28, 2003

— A new study from the UNC Highway Safety Research Center says deer are a growing threat on the roads, particularly in Wake County.

Wake County had the most deer-related crashes in the state at 786. Duplin County was second with 384 crashes and Pitt County was third with 362.

Highway Patrol Trooper Beckley Vaughan sees the hidden danger especially this time of year during mating season.

"This time of year, we see a lot of animal collisions and i would venture to say 50 percent of all crashes we respond to are animal-related, specifically deer collisions," Vaughan said.

The study released on Monday said 2002 was the worst on record for deer-related crashes. Last year, deer played a role in more than 14,000 accidents, causing an estimated $31 million in damages.

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