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Central Dispatch ready for onslaught of car-deer accident calls


To the Editor:

Since October 1, 2009, Lapeer County Central Dispatch operators have been inundated with 911 calls reporting that someone had struck a deer with their vehicle. Since October 1 of this year 340 car-deer calls have been reported to Central Dispatch. Since January 1, 2009, there have been 1,157 calls of car deer accidents reported, and still with a little over 1 months to go, we should be in the same range as last year. In 2007, there were 1,489 and 2008 there were 1,470. These are only the reports called into Central Dispatch; this does not include the reports where the people go directly into a police department to make a report.

With firearm deer season beginning in six days, 911 operators are gearing up for even more calls. Usually the week before and week after November 15—opening day of deer season—Lapeer County Central Dispatch receives the most calls for car-deer accidents. More hunters entering and exiting the woods roust the deer out onto the roads along with the rut, when deer are on the move much more, are some of the factors that contribute to the increase.

If you do hit a deer with your car, call 911 and advise if you have been injured, your location, name, phone number, vehicle make and color, is vehicle drivable or if you need a wrecker (please let the dispatcher know if you have a preference on a wrecker.) If the vehicle is drivable, the dispatcher will advise you to drive to the Lapeer County Sheriff Department at 3231 John Conley Drive or the nearest State Police Post. If the vehicle is not drivable or the deer is still alive but crippled, a police officer will be dispatched to your location.

If you have further question please contact me at Lapeer County Central Dispatch, 810-667-0217.

Victor Martin, Director, Lapeer County E-911 Central Dispatch
November 11, 2009

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