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Deer crashes down in Indiana, state ranks 25th

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The number of deer-vehicle collisions in Indiana is down over the past year.

A study by State Farm found the number of vehicle crashes involving deer dropped 11 percent in Indiana between July 1, 2010, and June 30. The Journal Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/obS100) that the insurance company says the odds of a licensed driver in Indiana hitting a deer are 1 in 178, ranking it 25th in the nation.

State Farm says motorists in West Virginia are most likely to hit a deer, while those in Hawaii are least likely. Nationwide, deer-vehicle collisions have dropped 7 percent.

Data showed the most likely month for such accidents is November, followed by October. Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says that’s deer are on the move during their mating season.



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