There were nearly 100 reported collisions involving deer in Christian County last year and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding motorists this is the time of the year when many of those wrecks happen.
Numbers provided from the cabinet show there were 95 wrecks involving deer reported in Christian County in 2012. Hopkins County was third in the state with 113 deer collisions, Muhlenberg had 55, Todd and Caldwell each had 19 and Trigg had 18. Boone County led Kentucky with 158 wrecks involving deer and no other county was even close.
District 2 Chief Engineer Kevin McLearn says highway crews are seeing an increase in the number of deer killed along highways, indicating deer are starting to move. He says deer-vehicle collisions always go up during October, November, and December.
Cooler evenings and shorter days kick in the fall mating season, putting deer on the move at times when they are least visible. An analysis of crash reports indicates most auto collisions with deer are just before sunrise or just after sunset.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 150 people are killed nationwide each year in motor vehicle accidents involving deer.
Officials say you shouldn't swerve to avoid a deer. Stay in your lane. Swerving can result in a more serious crash with oncoming traffic. In the event of a crash, keep both hands on the wheel and brake down steadily.
The Transportation Cabinet also knows there are likely many more collisions that aren't reported and ask motorists to notify police even when there is little damage.