Deer and Motorist Car Wrecks

THP Urges Motorist to Watch Out for Deer

November is Worst Month for Deer-Related Crashes

NASHVILLE — As part of its traffic safety education campaign, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be vigilant of deer on the roadways. The fall is the most active time of the year for deer due to mating and hunting season, and State Troopers caution that an increase in deer-related crashes is likely through December.

“As the weather turns colder, the chances of seeing deer on or near our roadways increase dramatically,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “November is usually the worst month for deer-related crashes. We want to remind all motorists to be especially alert at dawn and after sunset, and to exercise extra caution when not traveling on major thoroughfares.”

In Tennessee, between 2006 and 2010, 9.2 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. In 2010, there were 5,406 deer-related crashes, including 281 that involved injuries and one that was fatal.

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