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A Michigan State Police cruiser’s dashcam captured a rare sight: a deer jumping over a car, escaping the incident unscathed.
The officer, Cavalier Anderson, was driving behind another car on a highway when suddenly a small herd of deer started crossing the road. No deer were struck by a vehicle.
The Michigan State Police cruiser’s dashcam captured the first deer clearing the car. The second deer reportedly ran straight into the driver’s side door – but surprisingly jumped over the car. A third deer ran behind the car and just ahead of the soldier, who braked quickly but calmly to let the deer continue across the road.
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State police used the footage as an opportunity to share important deer safety tips with the community. According to Michigan.gov, the state sees about 50,000 vehicle-deer collisions each year.
In the event of an encounter with a deer, the agency reminded people to be calm, use controlled braking and steer straight instead of swerving.
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“Nobody wants to hit a deer, but if you try to avoid the deer, the risk of hitting another vehicle or losing control increases,” Michigan State Police tweeted.