During this time of year, more and more motorists are encountering deer on the roadways. During the month of October, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to 24 car crashes involving deer, with that number continuing to increase in November. Most of those crashes have occurred around sunrise and sunset, which are peak times for deer movement.

In an effort to help keep motorists safe, Sheriff David Groves is providing the following tips:

* Drive with your high beams on if there is no oncoming traffic.

* Scan the road and ditches. If see you a deer, slow down and continue with caution.

* Deer will typically travel in groups. If you see one, expect there to be more.

* Do not take evasive action to avoid a deer. Generally, it's better and safer to hit the animal than to swerve to miss it.

* If you strike a deer, pull all the way off the roadway, activate your emergency flashers, stay in the vehicle, and contact your local law enforcement agency. If you must be outside of your vehicle, stand away from the roadway.

* As always, don't forget to buckle up!