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KSP Offers Driving Tips to Avoid Deer

Date of Release: 11/04/05

(FRANKFORT, KY) -November typically brings increased movement of wildlife throughout the state. As a result, motorists are more likely to encounter deer on or near roadways and should be alert to avoid collisions.

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.

While the percentage of deer collisions resulting in a fatality is relatively low in Kentucky as compared to the nation, 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.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Mark Miller suggests that motorists follow these defensive driving tips to help avoid hitting a deer:

For more information on deer hazards, including maps of deer collisions by county, visit the Kentucky State Police website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org/deerauto.htm and click on KY Deer Collisions located in the bottom right corner of the home page.

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