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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
Media Advisory

Media / For More Information Contact:
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780

KSP Offers Tips to Avoid Deer Collisions This Fall

Date of News Release: 10/06/2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2010) -- With Autumn's arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout the Commonwealth. As a result, motorists are more likely to encounter deer on or near roadways and should be alert to avoid collisions.

Capt. David Jude, Spokesperson for KSP, said 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 2,989 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with one of those being a fatal collision," added Jude.

Vehicle crashes involving deer on roads kill nearly 100 people nationwide each year and cost millions of dollars in insurance claims, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation. The average deer/automobile collision results in approximately $2,000 per claim for repairs and injuries.

Jude offered the following tips for drivers:

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.


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