Officials warn drivers to be careful of deer following viral video

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CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII)-- CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII)-- Officials are warning Texoma motorists to be careful of deer after a recent collision was caught on a deputy's dash cam has gone viral.

Lights and sirens on, an Isanti County Deputy was on his way to an emergency near Cambridge, Minnesota, when he hit a deer traveling over 100 miles per hour.

Ardmore resident Brandi Hall can relate. She had her own encounter with a deer several weeks ago on Highway 53.

"It just came out of no where," Hall said. "For a split second, I saw it out of the corner of my eye, and I instantly knew I was going to hit it."

Hall and her son, who she was taking to school, were okay, with damage only to her front end of her car. Her radiator, air conditioning unit and grill were damaged.

"It could've been way worse," Hall said. "And I'm just glad my kid was buckled up, we had our seat belts on."

Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says if a deer jumps in front of your car, remain calm.

"Stay in control of the vehicle. You don't want to jerk too hard, because that could put you in a skid. And then you could possibly roll your vehicle," Bryant said. "Nine times out of ten its just apply your brakes in a swift manner and try to avoid hitting the deer if you can."

Like Hall, the Trooper walked away okay, with only minor injuries caused by the deployed airbags.

Bryant says deer activity will wind down in late January, early February, but until then, will only increase as temperatures continue to drop.

"Try to maintain that control of your vehicle, and just be aware of your surroundings." Bryant said. "As well as maintain the traffic laws, wear your seat belt."

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