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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
Kentucky State Police Warn Motorists of
Deer Hunting Season Driving Hazards
(FRANKFORT, KY) -Motorists traveling Kentucky's roadways from mid-October through mid-January should be extra cautious to avoid danger from an unexpected source: deer. This period coincides with mating season for the animals and overlaps with deer hunting season (which began November 9th), causing increased movement throughout the state. As a result, motorists are more likely to encounter deer on or near roadways and should be alert to avoid collisions.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, car accidents involving deer on roads kill nearly 100 people nationwide each year and cost millions of dollars in insurance claims. The average deer/automobile collision results in approximately $2,000 per claim for repairs and injuries. In 2002, drivers are expected to hit 1.8 million deer nationwide.
In 2001, there were 3,395 deer/auto collisions in Kentucky, resulting in 263 people injured. No fatalities were reported. While the percentage of deer collisions resulting in a fatality is relatively low in Kentucky as compared to the nation, it is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions with deer occur.
Defensive driving tips for motorists to help avoid hitting a deer include:
"When it comes to deer, whether you're traveling on rural roads or urban highways, anything is possible," notes KSP Commissioner Patrick Simpson. "Their numbers are increasing and they are being seen more frequently in populated areas. The best advice is to stay alert and slow down."
For more information on deer hazards, including maps of deer collisions by county, click here to visit our Deer Collision page.
Kentucky State Police
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