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Look out, Bambi: SD high on deer-collision list

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By Northern Plains News Service

The chances of hitting a deer while on South Dakota’s roads have decreased but are still high compared to the rest of the United States, according to a new report from automobile insurer State Farm.

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South Dakota dropped from the third highest to the fourth highest rate of deer-vehicle collisions nationally. State Farm calculated that a motorist has a 1 in 75 chance of striking a deer over the next 12 months on South Dakota roads.

Nationally, the rate is 1 in 174, an improvement over last year’s 1 in 167. Thus, the odds that an individual driver in the United States will crash into a deer during the next year have declined by 4.3 percent.

While still among the worst states for deer strikes, South Dakota’s collision rate improved 12.6 percent from last year.

For the seventh year in a row, deer-vehicle confrontations are most probable in West Virginia. The chances of any particular licensed driver in that state hitting a deer between now and a year from now are 1 in 41.

The state in which deer-vehicle mishaps are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 6,787).

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