Trooper Brad Arterburn
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 5, Campbellsburg
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Tips to Avoid Deer Involved Collisions
Date of News Release: 10/13/2011
(Campbellsburg, Ky) -- The Kentucky State Police (Post 5) is reminding drivers to be cautious as deer activity and movement is increasing now through the winter months.
The seasonal temperature and time changes initiate deer mating season, which puts the animals on the move during times when they're least visible. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that approximately 150 people are killed in the nation resulting from a collision involving deer.
The following tips will improve driver safety:
- Always wear a seatbelt.
- Drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside (especially at dawn & dusk).
- Immediately slow down when you spot a deer. Proceed slowly until you've past the deer.
- Never swerve to avoid a deer and stay in your lane. Swerving can result in a more serious crash with oncoming traffic or by leaving the roadway.
- Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.