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KSP warns motorists of increased deer activity
Last year in Kentucky three people were killed and 163 injured in vehicle-deer collisions.
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From TFC Billy Gregory, Public Information Officer
Kentucky State Police, Post 15 Columbia, KY
FRANKFORT, KY (Wed 26 Oct 2016) - With the changing of fall leaves comes the migration of wildlife, particularly deer. The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways this fall.
"Drivers should be engaged, alert and on the lookout for deer this time of year. Deer mating season leads to higher roaming activity all across the Commonwealth, which leads to more car-deer crashes," says KSP Lt. Michael Webb.
In 2015, Kentucky recorded 3,283 vehicle-deer collisions, an increase of 175 crashes compared to 2014 statistics. Three people were killed and 163 injured. Data indicates that the highest percentage of deer crashes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Kentucky.
"A collision with a deer can cause extensive vehicle damage such as a crushed front end or punctured radiator to severe hood, windshield and roof damage," says Webb. "The human costs can be devastating as well."
During the past five years, Boone County led the state in deer collisions with an average of 151 per year. Jefferson County averaged 98 crashes followed by Hopkins and Christian counties with 93.
To avoid becoming a statistic, KSP offers the following defensive driving tips for motorists to reduce their chances of hitting a deer:
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