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KYTC: Watch for Deer on the Roads


Transportation officials: deer on the move this time of year

Authorities are urging drivers to stay alert for deer on the roadways. WNIN’s John Gibson has details:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the combination of the fall harvest, less daylight, cooler nights, and mating season cause more deer to emerge on the roads.

The Cabinet says Kentucky is 15th in the nation for deer-vehicle collisions, with drivers facing a 1 in 100 chance of hitting a deer.

District 2 Chief Engineer Deneatra Henderson urges extra caution, especially during twilight hours when deer are more likely to be on the move and visibility is at its poorest.

She offers some tips: keep headlights on bright at nighttime unless other vehicles are approaching; scan the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are most active; and slow down immediately when you spot a deer crossing the road because they tend to travel in groups.