OSWEGO, NY – As autumn is now upon us, drivers need to be more aware of deer alongside or in the roadway.
Automobile and deer crashes are at their peak during the months of October, November and December.
Our hunting season as well as their mating season take place during these months, which leads to more unpredictable behavior from the deer.
According to the GovernorÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Traffic Safety Committee, about 1.5 million auto/deer crashes occur nationally each year, resulting in approximately $1.1 billion in damage annually.
The Insurance Institute estimates that the average automobile claim for a collision with a deer exceeds $2,600.
The GTSC recommends that motorists take the following precautions to reduce their risk of a collision with a deer:
Use extreme caution if driving at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active and visibility is poor.
This means deer are often most active during peak commuter traveling times.
The risk of deer/vehicle collisions is greatest during autumn and early winter.
Two thirds of these crashes occur in October, November, and December when deer movements peak due to the onset of the breeding season.
Slow down when approaching deer standing near roadsides. Deer may “bolt” or change direction at the last minute.
If you see a deer cross the road, slow down and use extreme caution. Deer often travel in groups – if you see one, expect more.
Use flashers or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are spotted on or near the road.
Use caution and be alert when passing through areas marked with deer crossing signs.
These signs are placed in areas that have shown a high incidence of deer/vehicle collisions in the past.
For additional traffic safety information or education, or to book a presentation, contact Billie Crandall Brady, at [email protected] or 343-2344.