Driving Dangers During Deer Season

Brian Keiser is the owner of a new Ford Focus, but not by choice. Last Wednesday Keiser hit a deer, leaving his car totaled. His son was in the backseat.

"It was shocking to look back and see the windshield hanging down, the roof of my car practically hanging off. It was just kind of a surreal moment," he said.

Luckily, he and his son walked away uninjured, but the risk of this happening to you will increase on Saturday.

Starting November 10, thousands of Nebraska hunters will be outside and armed as the nine-day November deer season opens.

That's why it's more important than ever to be alert.

"Just keep an eye out if you have to drive at night. Try to go during the day if you can," he said. "It wasn't even a second. It was more like micro-seconds. I didn't even have the chance to hit the breaks."

Michael Streeter, Nebraska Hunter Education Coordinator, wants to remind hunters and drivers to be extra careful over the next several days.

He offered several safety tips for hunters. One of the most important, he said, is to wear blaze orange while hunting or in an area where people may be hunting.

"It just makes them more visible to others in the outdoors," he said. "Also, when going to or moving, it's a great idea to carry a flash light... during low light of dawn or dusk."

Another tip he shared is to always be sure to know what you're shooting at.

"Never shoot at sound or movement. Always positively identify your intended target, and then check again before you shoot."

He also offered safety tips for drivers since deer may be frightened and confused during deer season.

Tune in to 1011 News at 10 to hear the full story of Brian Keiser.

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