Drivers should watch out during deer breeding season, say Fairfax Co. Police

With fall deer breeding season now underway, police in Fairfax County, Virginia, are giving drivers tips on how to safely navigate the roads.

Police say there are hundreds of reported accidents involving deer in Fairfax County. More than half of those happen during October, November and December.

What steps should you be taking to stay safe this deer breeding season?



Fairfax County police say don’t text and drive, wear your seat belt and follow the posted speed limit.

They also say to watch for “eye shine” along the roadside. And if you see one deer, most likely there are others nearby.

Use your high beams when traffic isn’t immediately coming the other direction, as it allows you to spot deer quickly.

If you see a deer, police say to slow down and flash your headlights as deer can be mesmerized or blinded if the lights are bright and steady.

A deer spotted in Fairfax County, Virginia. (WTOP/Anne Kramer)

If you see a deer in the roadway, Fairfax County police say not to swerve out of the lane to miss one as you could hit another car.

And if you do crash, police say to take your foot off the brake as it reduces the chance of a deer going through a windshield when hit.

Following the crash, be sure to move your car off the roadway to avoid traffic and further dangers. If you can’t move your car, turn on your flashers and immediately call the police.

Police say drivers should not rely on car horns or other devices to scare the deer and to look out for deer crossing signs.

If a deer is injured or killed, you can call the Fairfax County police nonemergency line at 703-691-2131.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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