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Expect the Unexpected: The Dangers of Deer

​Deer are unpredictable and especially dangerous to motorcyclists. Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator Bill Shaffer knows that firsthand. He's encountered deer on his motorcycle before, but on April 3, 2019, an encounter in Wisconsin led to a serious motorcycle crash. He credits his protective gear as one of the reasons he survived. 

Deer are more active in Minnesota in the fall, and motorcyclists should be extra cautious. 

Watch as he shares his story and the safety messages Minnesota motorcyclists need to hear. ​


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Video Description: Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator Bill Shaffer shares his story after surviving a serious motorcycle crash involving deer on April 3, 2019. Expect the unexpected by wearing full protective gear, having a riding strategy and polishing your riding skills. Deer are more active in Minnesota in the fall, and motorcyclists should be extra cautious when out riding.