Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active and create hazards for Missouri motorists this time of year.
The Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes.
Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 4,070 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.2 hours in the state. In these crashes, there were seven fatalities and 400 people were injured.
The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Although deer strikes can occur at any time, most occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:59 a.m.
Deer behavior changes because of mating season, which might cause an increase in sightings and road crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting might result in these animals being in places they are not usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert.