SAGINAW, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Michiganders will turn their clocks back one hour and end Daylight Saving Time. Although people may be excited about an extra hour of sleep, law enforcement officials say the odds of hitting a deer go up.
The state of Michigan sees more than 50,000 vehicle-deer crashes every year, and drivers are 16% more likely to hit a deer in the week after clocks fall back.
Deer collisions spiked in late October and early November in every state studied, except Alaska. The time change coincides with deer rutting season when bucks tend to be out searching for mating opportunities.
Michigan State Police say 48% of all recorded deer crashes take place between 6:00 and 9:00 in the morning, and between 6:00 and 9:00 in the evening.