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KSP urges caution to avoid deer-car collisions this Fall
There's greater chance of deer-car collisions in November, deer migration and mating season
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From Trooper Billy Gregory, Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police Post 15, Columbia, KY
FRANKFORT, KY - With Autumn's arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout the Commonwealth. November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season creating greater potential for deer-car crashes.
Lt. David Jude, Spokesperson for KSP, says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall.
"It is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly 50 percent of all collisions with deer occur," remarked Jude.
"Last year, we had 3,084 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with four of those being a fatal collision," added Jude.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are nearly 1 million car crashes with deer each year nationwide.
State Farm Insurance Company states that the average deer/automobile collision results in approximately $3,000 per claim for repairs and injuries. Based on a recent study by the company, one in 162 Kentucky drivers has the likelihood of a collision with a deer. (http://www.statefarm.com/aboutus/_pdf/deer-map-2011.pdf)
Jude offered the following tips for drivers:
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