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Written by Cpl. Ken Nelson   

Resist the urge to swerve

Every year, the Colorado State Patrol responds to, and investigates, numerous crashes involving wild and domestic animals, as well as crashes involving road debris.

When troopers and other law enforcement agencies respond to a crash involving an animal, it usually means the driver of the vehicle did exactly what they are supposed to do. If you find yourself in a chance encounter with a critter in the roadway, your first reaction is to try to avoid hitting the animal. This is what you do NOT want to do. Too many drivers attempt to avoid the animal, travel off the roadway and now are in a more serious and potentially deadly situation of rolling their vehicle.

When there is a crash involving a rollover, you are twice as likely to be injured. When you encounter an animal or debris on the roadway, you should brake in a straight line and slow down as much as possible. After braking, if the animal or debris is still in your path, hit the animal or debris!

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Holyoke Enterprise February 6, 2014