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With the ending of Daylight Savings Time, commuters find themselves driving to and from work in the dark. Darkness makes driving more dangerous for a variety of reasons, one of which is wild animals roaming freely. Running into a deer can cause serious damage to your vehicle. A 175-pound doe will total the front end of your car and a 275-pound buck will do even more damage. If those driving small cars at 70 mph hit a 275-pound buck, they'll end up with the engine in their lap and may even be killed.

If you think it won't happen to you, I encourage you to look at all the spots of blood on the highways. Those big stains of blood are from what is left of a deer crossing the road and getting hit.

While I realize the speed limit on most highways is 70, it is never wise to travel faster than what it is safe. For those of you who like to get on my bumper in hopes of making me drive faster, I have two words for you - it won't. Should one of those pesky deer run out in front of me, I'll be stepping on my brakes and you'll end up in the bed of my pickup. This is a perfect example of driving faster than what is safe. It's also illegal to tailgate.

I hope everyone reading this will take to heart what I'm saying. It's only a matter of time before a deer runs out in front of you and the outcome all depends on how fast you're driving.

Set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes earlier and, for heaven sake, slow down. Get to work in one piece.

Kathy Galbreath

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