Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
KTC issues Antler Alert
October through December peak season for collisions involving deer, other wildlife
By Naitore Djigbenou/Chuck Wolfe
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is issuing an "Antler Alert" to remind motorists that it's peak season for highway collisions involving deer and other wildlife on the move.
"Shorter days and cooler nights, October through December, bring a noticeable increase in highway collisions involving deer," KYTC Secretary Jim Gray said. "Drivers should be vigilant at all times, but the autumn presents a special challenge for drivers, with deer and other wildlife increasingly on the move, often at night."
Every year, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. issues a closely watched report of collisions involving deer and other wildlife, based on insurance claims. For the year that ended June 30, 2020, State Farm reported more than 1.9 million animal collision claims in the United States, of which 1.5 million involved deer.
On average, U.S. drivers have a 1 in 116 chance of a collision with an animal. Kentucky ranks above the national average and 18th among the states at 1 chance in 88. Drivers in neighboring West Virginia run the highest risk - 1 in 37, according to State Farm. (View the report here.)
As the report notes, highway crash rates involving wildlife increase sharply in October, November and December with mating seasons, hunting seasons and fall harvests, which will prompt deer to roam in search of new hiding places and sources of food.
In Kentucky, 2,091 highway crashes involving deer were reported to police in 2020, according to a data base maintained by Kentucky State Police and closely followed by the KYTC Office of Highway Safety. Of that total, 123 occurred in Boone County - more than in any other county. Rounding out the 10 highest totals were Christian County (101), Hopkins County (95), Campbell County (93), Hardin County (86), Warren County (85), Muhlenberg County (75), Pulaski County (70), Henderson County (69) and Franklin and Kenton counties (68 each). A complete list is here.
KYTC offers these driving tips to help improve safety:
This story was posted on 2021-10-05 10:10:57
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic News:
The Silent City Cemetery Tour 2021
COVID-19 News Brief & Vaccination Update 10/04/2021
Cloudy today, storms possible, high 77F
7-County Area Courts for Tue 5 Oct 2021
Gov. Beshear: kynect State-Based Exchange Opens
Manufacturing Month spotlights rapidly growing sector
CPD: 2021 Trick or Treat times for Columbia
Silent City 2021: Milton P. Wheat by Mike Watson
Silent City 2021: J. W. Hurt by Dave Thomas
Silent City 2021: Sallie Rey Marcum by Leeann Jessee
View even more articles in topic News
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.