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NCDOT talks deer season safety and state fair

As the daylight hours get shorter and deer become more active, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert and pay extra attention.

Last year, there were nearly 19,000 animal related crashes across the state. Over the past three years, those collisions have killed nine people, injured about 3,000 and caused more than $146 million in damages.

To keep you and your family safe, remember to:

  • Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon or early evening;
  • Don’t swerve to avoid a collision. This could cause you to lose control or veer into oncoming traffic; and
  • Deer often travel in groups, so assume if one crosses the road in front of you there may be others following.
Safety City at N.C. State Fair

Now that fall has officially arrived, it’s time for the North Carolina State Fair.  The department hopes you enjoy the rides and deep-fried food, but make sure to visit Safety City in its new location near the Kerr Scott building.

Visited by more than 100,000 people every year, the attraction informs and engages visitors on things like the dangers of impaired driving and speeding, railroad safety, and seat belt and child passenger protection. The fair runs through Oct. 27.​

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