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Dry Fall Season Brings Increased Deer Hazard on Roadways

Date of News Release: 09/26/2007

(FRANKFORT, KY) - Motorists on Kentucky roadways face special hazards from October through December as mating season brings a dramatic increase in the movement of deer throughout the state. Lack of rainfall is adding to the danger this year as deer are forced to seek new sources of water. These two factors are increasing the potential for car-deer collisions say Kentucky State Police officials and they're advising motorists to take extra precautions during this time period.

"Last year there were 2,928 deer-related collisions on Kentucky's public roads resulting in one fatality and 180 people injured," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams. "Almost 50 percent of those collisions occurred during the October through December period. As of Aug. 31, there have been 1,370 deer strikes on the state's public roads in 2007 resulting in one fatality and 66 people injured."

"I urge all motorists to be extremely alert for this hazard on rural roads as well as in suburban neighborhoods," he adds. "People tend to underestimate the severity of collisions with deer. The amount of damage even a small deer can do to a moving vehicle is shocking. If the vehicle is a motorcycle, the odds are even higher that both the operator and deer will be seriously injured or killed."

The Kentucky State Police suggests that motorists follow these defensive driving tips to help avoid hitting a deer:

"When it comes to deer, whether you're traveling on rural roads or urban highways, anything is possible," notes Adams. "The best advice is to stay alert and slow down."

Click here for more information on deer hazards, including maps of deer collisions by county.

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