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Be Safe Out There

November 12, 2009 - Bill Speer
Earlier this month I was on my way to Lansing for an 11 a.m. meeting of the Michigan Press Association when I suddenly was confronted with a dilemma.

I noticed the Jeep that just had passed me and now was about a mile up the highway had put on its brakes, and its headlights were now faced in my direction.

As I drove closer, I could see the driver jump out of the vehicle and run into the median. He had parked just off the passing side shoulder of the road. In the swampy median separating the north and southbound traffic, a Jeep Liberty was overturned.

I quickly pulled over and stopped as well, and after exiting and running across the road myself, my first thought was "Darn, I've got my suit on for the meeting." And, I also mentally counted the minutes I had left as a cushion to make it in time for my meeting.

I called back to my wife to phone 9-1-1 and I joined the other samaritan as we helped the driver of the flipped vehicle exit his vehicle by climbing out, then on top the vehicle, before he slid off the side to the ground. Thankfully the driver had but a bad bruise and abrasions on his arm but otherwise seemed okay. The other samaritan was a doctor and ran him through a battery of tests before allowing him to sit back up or get up and walk.

What had happened was the driver of the Liberty had seen a deer run from the side of the road, the Liberty struck the deer and in the impact of the accident, the vehicle had veered off into the median and flipped.

"I thought the deer had a nice set of horns" the driver lamented.

You bet it did. Off to the side of the road lay the now dead deer - a beautiful 8-pointer with a full sized spread. Some of the tines had been damaged in the collision, but the deer would have been considered a trophy by anyone's standards at any hunting camp next week had it been shot.

This is the time of the year when deer really are moving, so if you're driving, please be careful. And, if you've made it Up North safely on the road and now are settled into camp life, continue that safety record and be safe out there in the woods.

Enjoy camp life, but do so safely.


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