Watch out for deer

Thursday, November 9, 2006

The Iowa Department of Transportation warns motorists that November is the worst month for vehicle collisions with deer.

DOT statistics gathered between 2001 and 2005 show an average of 8,292 crashes involving animals in November. The next highest total is December with a monthly average of 4,849, followed by October with 4,773.

Deer roam from their normal habitat because of the corn harvest, the mating season, and bow hunting season. The deer frequently wander across darkened roads, most frequently at dusk and dawn when they may be hit by unsuspecting motorists.

In crashes involving deer over a five year period in Iowa, 27 people were killed and 225 had major injuries. More than 2,000 people were listed as having minor or possible injuries. There were 36,341 crashes involving property damage only.

Be particularly alert now, especially at dusk or dawn.