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For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
(502) 782-1780

KSP Offers Driving Tips For Deer Hunting Season

Date of News Release: 10/18/2006

(FRANKFORT, KY) -Deer hunting season, which generally runs from October through December, brings a dramatic increase in the 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, warn officials with the Kentucky State Police (KSP).

Vehicle crashes involving deer on roads nationwide each year kill nearly 150 people, injure tens of thousands and cause over $1 billion in vehicle damage, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The average deer/automobile collision results in approximately $2,600 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.

"Since 2001 there has been a slight downward trend in collisions between deer and automobiles in Kentucky," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams, "but last year there was one person killed and over 200 were injured. I want to encourage motorists to drive defensively and be on the lookout for deer on or near roads in both rural and urban areas."

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams 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/text/deerauto.com.


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