It's just a fact of life living in New Jersey: we always have to be on the lookout for deer while driving.

Whether you're going along the Parkway or cruising some side roads, there is a huge deer population in the state, and with more and more buildings taking over their habitat, they're pushed closer and closer to humans.

This time of year is especially dangerous as it's mating season, so male deer aren't thinking quite as clearly and are more likely to spring into traffic.

The Howell PD shared some intense pictures of the aftermath of a deer strike.

HOLY CRAP. That driver is incredibly lucky to be alive.

Be safe out there! The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has a list of tips to help avoid deer strikes.


  • If you see a deer, slow down and pay attention to possible sudden movement. If the deer is in the road and doesn’t move, wait for the deer to pass and the road is clear. Do not try to maneuver around the deer.
  • Pay attention to “Deer Crossing” signs. Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you have ample time to stop if necessary.
  • If you are traveling after dark, use high beams when there is no oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or near roads. If you see one deer, assume that others may be in the area. Deer typically move in family groups during this time of year and cross roads single-file.
  • Don’t tailgate. Remember: The driver in front of you might have to stop suddenly to avoid hitting a deer.
  • Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and sensible speed, accounting for weather, available lighting, traffic, curves and other road conditions.
  • If a collision appears inevitable, do not swerve to avoid impact. The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately and stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and instead collides with oncoming traffic or a fixed structure along the road.
  • Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency immediately.
  • Obey the state’s hands-free device law or refrain from using cellular devices while driving.


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