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Utah Rated Most Likely State In Four Corners to Hit a Deer

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Motorists are more likely to hit a deer in Utah than in the other Four Corners  states. That’s according to 2016 data compiled by State Farm. Odds of hitting a deer were 1 in 150 in Utah, which was deemed a high-risk state, while Colorado was medium-risk, with odds of 1 in 263. New Mexico and Arizona were judged low-risk states, with odds of 1 in 475 in New Mexico, and 1 in 1,175 in Arizona. Nationwide, the worst state was West Virginia, at 1 in 41. The most dangerous months for crashing into a deer are November, October, and December, in that order, mainly because of the animals’ mating activity. But The Farmington Daily Times reports that in 2016, June was the worst month for automotive-deer collisions in New Mexico. State Farm urges drivers to slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn; to pay attention to deer-crossing signs; and not to rely on so-called deer whistles, which haven’t been proven effective. 

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
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