Be on the lookout for deer Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Special to GUIDON

The Missouri State Highway  Patrol reminds drivers this  time of year, deer are  more active and create  hazards for Missouri  motorists.

In 2015, drivers in  Missouri experienced  3,732 traffic crashes where  deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.4 hours in the state. In these crashes, there were three fatalities, and 346 people were injured.

The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October, November and December each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Most deer strikes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:59 a.m.
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The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic.

Try to remain calm.

Panicking and overreacting usually leads to more serious traffic crashes.

Deer create hazards for Missouri motorists. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways.

Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. When you see one, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups — stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer.

Stay alert, and make sure you and the occupants of your vehicle buckle up.

Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings.

Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint.

(Editor’s note: Information obtained from the Missouri State Highway Patrol.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2017 )