Motorists beware for deer on Kentucky roadways


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's an alert for drivers, beware of deer. This is the time of year when you're most likely to hit one on the road.

Whenever someone talks about dangerous animals in Kentucky you might think of snakes or wildcats, but state police say deer are responsible for most deaths and damage.

October, November and December are the most active times for deer activity with November being the prime time for deer collisions.

Even the time of day can matter, Kentucky State Police says 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. are the busiest time.

Those six hours account for 53 percent of deer collisions.

Last year during the month of November there were 679 deer related collisions.

Just last month a driver involved in a fatal four car crash in Rockcastle County told police he was swerving to miss a deer when he hit another driver.

Dave Carter says, "It's very dangerous. They do a lot of damage and these 18 wheelers do a lot of damage too."

Jonathan Guthrie says, "In the winter and fall they come out heavy. Hunting season starts, they start running, they're everywhere."

Kentucky State Police say there are things you can do to avoid hitting a deer like using your high beams and looking for other deer if you see one crossing the road.

They also say most of the people killed or injured when hitting a deer weren't wearing their seatbelts.

State police say if you do hit a deer do not touch the animal. If the animal tires to run it could hurt itself or someone else in the area.

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