- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging motorists to be on the lookout for deer.

Officials say October through December is the worst time for deer-related crashes because it’s their mating and hunting season.

In Tennessee, there were 6,135 deer-related crashes last year. That’s an increase of 3.2 percent from the 5,947 crashes involving deer the previous year.

The THP also reports that between 2009 and 2013, 8.9 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. Deer-related crashes in Tennessee have steadily increased by 15.3 percent since 2009.

Motorists are encouraged to use their cell phones and dial (asterisk)THP ((asterisk)847) in the event of a deer-related crash. The call will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center and the next available state trooper will be dispatched to the location.

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