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OFFICIAL KENTUCKY STATE
News Release

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

KSP to Drivers: Be on the Lookout for Deer

Date of News Release: 10/22/2012

(Frankfort, KY.) - Autumn is in full swing in Kentucky decorating its landscape and roadways with vibrant, colorful foliage. These Fall colors serve to remind drivers that they will see an increased movement of deer throughout the Commonwealth. In addition, deer season begins Nov. 10th and motorists are more likely to encounter these animals on or near roadways.

Spokesperson for KSP, Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving during fall months.

"It is extremely important to recognize this ever-present risk, especially at this time of year when nearly fifty percent of all collisions with deer occur," says Saint-Blancard.

"Last year, we had 2,938 deer-related collisions in Kentucky with three of those being fatal collisions," adds Saint-Blancard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 1 million deer related vehicle crashes each year that kill nearly 200 people, injure over 10,000 and result in over $1 billion in vehicle damage.

Saint-Blancard 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. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.


Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601
502-782-1800

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