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Antler Alert: Drivers Should Watch for Deer

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding drivers to watch for deer.

About half of all car-deer collisions occur during the final three months of the year, with November having the most.

Deer mating season is triggered by shorter days and cooler nights.  Additionally, deer are forced to move further afield for forage and hiding places after the fall harvest.

A total of 3,084 car-deer collisions were reported to police statewide in 2022, up about 100 from 2021. Daviess County ranked in the Top 20 for deer crashes with 47.

The Transportation Cabinet is advising drivers to wear a seat belt, slow down, and eliminate distractions.  In the event of a crash, keep both hands on the wheel and apply the brakes steadily until stopped.

Don’t swerve to avoid a deer, as it can result in a more serious crash with an oncoming car or roadside object.  Keep headlights on bright at night, unless other vehicles are approaching.

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