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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Attention motorists: watch out for deer while driving Kentucky highways this fall.
Deer movement peaks in late October through early December, during the rut, the whitetail’s annual mating season.
Motorists should be on the lookout for deer crossing roads, especially at dusk and dawn, when deer are feeding and bucks are beginning to follow or chase does.
The presence of yellow deer crossing signs should also be a tipoff to motorists that they are traveling a stretch of road where deer may be encountered. “Our traffic engineers place the signs as they see a need, usually in areas with high rates of deer-vehicle crashes,” said Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Over the past eight years, the Kentucky State Police have documented an average of 2,985 deer/vehicle collisions annually.
Motorists who encounter deer should slow down until the deer moves. Never attempt to drive around a deer standing in the road. If the deer is facing away from the traffic flow, flash your head lights from low beam to high beam, and be prepared to stop. Deer usually travel in groups, so expect to see more than one deer crossing the road in single file.