Be Safe Tuesday: Deer Collisions

Deers are most active, due to their mating season, from October – December.  Over 1 million deer collisions occur annually, causing 200 fatalities and $4 billing in vehicle damage.

  • Deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, slow down, there are likely others nearby.
  • Be aware of posted deer crossing signs.  These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Remember deer are most active between 6 pm and 9 pm and also in the early morning.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • Avoid distracted driving.  Being alert can allow you to react quickly.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, hold your course.  Attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

Deer Collisions