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*In New York State it is illegal to use your cellular telephone while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle, unless it is a hands-free phone.  Violators should expect hefty fines, although enforcement varies widely across the state.  Texting while driving is also prohibited.
 
*In New York State it is illegal to use your cellular telephone while operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle, unless it is a hands-free phone.  Violators should expect hefty fines, although enforcement varies widely across the state.  Texting while driving is also prohibited.
 
*Deer are very common in New York and pose a threat to motorists, more so at night. Reduce your speed in suburban and rural neighborhoods at night to reduce the chance of an accident.
 
*Deer are very common in New York and pose a threat to motorists, more so at night. Reduce your speed in suburban and rural neighborhoods at night to reduce the chance of an accident.
*With deer come deer ticks, which can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection which is easily preventable but can have some permanently debilitating effects if left untreated including permanent joint pain, and in extreme cases, cognitive impairments. Several counties in southeastern New York have the dubious distinction of having some of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the world. To prevent Lyme disease, wear light colored clothing and check yourself for ticks after spending time outdoors at any time of year when the ground is snow-free, especially in the spring and fall. Remove any ticks with a pair of tweezers to prevent the head from being stuck in your skin, as the saliva is what spreads Lyme. Typically, a red "bulls-eye" rash will appear at the site of the bite within a few days of being bitten, followed shortly by headaches, nausea, and migrating joint pain if you've contracted Lyme disease. If you suspect you have Lyme, seek medical attention ASAP, as the disease attacks the nervous system, and it is important to get on antibiotics right away to prevent damage.
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*With deer come deer ticks, which can spread Lyme disease, a bacterial infection which is easily preventable but can have some permanently debilitating effects if left untreated including permanent joint pain, and in extreme cases, cognitive impairments. Several counties in southeastern New York have the dubious distinction of having some of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the world. To prevent Lyme disease, wear light colored clothing and check yourself for ticks after spending time outdoors at any time of year when the ground is snow-free, especially in the spring and fall. Typically, a red "bulls-eye" rash will appear at the site of the bite within a few days of being bitten, followed shortly by headaches, nausea, and migrating joint pain if you've contracted Lyme disease. If you suspect you have Lyme, seek medical attention ASAP, as the disease attacks the nervous system, and it is important to get on antibiotics right away to prevent damage.
 
*Don't approach wild animals, especially ones that are acting unusually friendly or confused. Rabies outbreaks in animals do occasionally occur. If bitten, especially by a racoon, bat, skunk, fox or dog, seek medical attention immediately.
 
*Don't approach wild animals, especially ones that are acting unusually friendly or confused. Rabies outbreaks in animals do occasionally occur. If bitten, especially by a racoon, bat, skunk, fox or dog, seek medical attention immediately.
 
*Upstate New York contains a few species of poisonous snakes, such as the Copperhead, the Eastern Massasauga and the Timber Rattlesnake. Although it is uncommon to encounter these snakes, seek medical attention if bitten immediately.  
 
*Upstate New York contains a few species of poisonous snakes, such as the Copperhead, the Eastern Massasauga and the Timber Rattlesnake. Although it is uncommon to encounter these snakes, seek medical attention if bitten immediately.  

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