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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Deer Activity Increasing, PennDOT Cautions Motorists

Deer Activity Increasing

Harrisburg – Autumn brings an increase in deer activity, prompting PennDOT to remind drivers to watch carefully for deer darting across and along roadways.

“Deer movement increases during the fall breeding season, making it all the more important for motorists to drive defensively and stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk, to reduce the risk of striking a deer,” said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. “Motorists also need to be aware of hunters and others walking along roadways on their way into or out of the woods.”

Deer pay less attention and become bolder as they move around more and travel greater distances during their breeding season. Primarily nocturnal feeders, deer are most active between sunset and sunrise.

Over the past five years, PennDOT statistics show nearly 46 percent of all reportable crashes involving a deer occurred in the months of October and November. More than 78 percent of the total crashes in the past five years involving deer occurred between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6 a.m. Last year, there were 2,797 crashes statewide involving deer, resulting in 636 injuries and 11 fatalities.

By following a few safety tips, motorists and outdoor enthusiasts can help reduce the possibility of being involved in a crash with a deer. Remember to:

• Be on the alert for individuals entering the woods early in the morning and leaving in the late evening hours;
• Pull vehicles as far off of the roadway as possible and remember that parking along limited access highways is prohibited except for emergencies;
• Seek permission before parking on private property;
• Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight or a glow stick to help increase your visibility;
• Make young drivers aware of increased deer movement;
• Slow down and use caution, particularly where deer crossing signs are posted and increase following distance between vehicles;
• Be especially watchful during morning and evening hours when wildlife is most active;
• Exercise caution when one deer crosses a roadway. Since deer often travel in small herds, one deer will usually be followed by others;
• Always wear your seat belt;
• Never drink and drive; and
• Turn on your headlights if your wipers are on – it’s the law.

If a dead deer presents an obvious safety hazard on state roadways, motorists can call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to have the deer removed.

PennDOT also reminds motorists they can visit to 511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

For more fall driving tips and other highway safety information, visit www.DriveSafePA.org.

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

Hopefully these stupid worthless animals are killed in record numbers to the point of near extinction.

Anonymous said...

What an endeering statement.

Anonymous said...

wow that was cruel!! they exist for the same reason you do!! yes they can be a pain in the butt but so can some humans but I don't wish them dead, maybe occasionally to grace my dinner table though.

Ruth Ann Warner said...

Your statement is unbelievable &
then you sign ANONYMOUS!!!! DAH,
why don't you sign your name?
All comments should be signed by
their names; not hiding behind
Anonymous. ANYBODY CAN SIGN THAT
WAY.

Anonymous said...

Are you sure they are not on the extinction list now? As an avid hunter, I am really starting to wonder! As far as the 1st post, your a crack head!

Anonymous said...

I didn't think there were any deer in Pa.

Anonymous said...

The only good deer is a dead deer.

mark lawyer said...

some of these comments are really ridiculous

Anonymous said...

The last deer i saw was so full of tics it made me sick there had to be hundreds.

Anonymous said...

"Ruth Ann Warner said...

Your statement is unbelievable &
then you sign ANONYMOUS!!!! DAH,
why don't you sign your name?
All comments should be signed by
their names; not hiding behind
Anonymous. ANYBODY CAN SIGN THAT
WAY."

My statement is totally believable. I hate deer and think they are nothing but nuisance animals. The best place for them would be a few living in the zoo. If I posted my name what difference would it make? You posted your name and I could care less. What does it matter who I am? If you knew my name it wouldn't change what I think. Are you going to come slash my tires because I hate deer or something?