The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently issued a statement that the number of deer and elk hit by vehicles is up. That's because these animals are crossing more roads this time of year. But what about vehicle rear-end accidents due to Cervids crossing the road?

There's nothing like watching a speeding logging truck in your rear-view mirror while you suddenly stopped for a deer crossing the road. This happened to me yesterday at the popular, posted, deer crossing on Highway 20 west of Philomath. Thankfully the driver moved to the other side of the road while stopping so he wouldn't hit me.

This is the second time I've seen my life flash before me in this location because I was the lead vehicle stopped while a deer crossed the road.

Drivers need to slow down and pay attention, not just on the roads but within the city limits where children and wildlife are known to cross the streets.

Delores Porch

Corvallis (Nov. 5)

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