Deer Collisions Increase During Fall Months

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

With the change in weather, brings many changes, the change in leaves and temperature.

But the new season could also bring more collisions.

The rise in deer collisions has been continuous pattern in Kentucky since at least 2007.

"Generally around the November time period we have found where there is a dramatic increase as well as the other winter months."

According to State Police, Kentucky averages 392 deer collisions in October, and that number peeks even higher in November to 757.

The October and November months are a huge hunting season, but hunting isn't the reason we see so many deer.

"The does come in heat and the bucks their necks start to swell and they start chasing the does. And, when you got farmers getting the crops out of their fields where the deer have been living all year, they're losing their cover that puts them out towards the road too," says Officer Eric Chambers with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.

"A deer collision can completely total your vehicle. You know if you imagine hitting a 200 to 220 pound object going 65 to 70 miles per hour, it could completely ruin your car," Trooper Jonathan Biven, Public Affairs Officer with Kentucky State Police, says.

The Kentucky Farm Bureau has provided tips to avoid deer collisions:

Look for deer crossing signs.

Be aware of the time of day-- deer move at dawn and dusk.

When driving after dark, use you high-beam lights to see better.
If you spot a deer slow down immediately.

And don't swerve around the deer; you could hit a tree, or worse another car.

Police say, it hasn't been as bad as it could be in our area.

"I don't believe we've had a fatality from a deer collision or any time of animal collision in our post area in several years," Trooper Biven says.

But because of those collisions, deer have become the deadliest animal nationwide.

"Approximately 150 Americans die each year as a result of a collision with a dear," Kentucky Farm Bureau Agent, Brian Curtis says.

Farm Bureau says Warren County drivers are 5 times more likely to hit a deer in November.

They also say say 45 percent of Kentucky ever collisions occur in November alone.


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