As daylight hours are getting shorter and deer are becoming more active, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert and pay extra attention.
Last year in North Carolina, there were more than 18,000 animal-related crashes, most of which involved deer. Over the past three years, more than 54,000 animal-related collisions have killed 14 people, injured over 3,000 and caused nearly $141 million in property damage. The highest number, 882, of these types of crashes occurred in Wake County and Guilford County which had 617, but they are reported in every county across the state.
To stay safe, remember to:
• Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon or early evening;
• Don’t swerve to avoid a collision. This could cause you to lose control or veer into oncoming traffic; and
• Deer often travel in groups, so assume if one crosses the road in front of you there may be others following.