Officials warn drivers to watch for deer along roadways

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - Kentucky officials are urging motorists to watch for deer along roadways, especially over the next couple of months.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Department, more than half of all collisions involving deer happen between October and December.

"They can be anywhere at any time. It's kind of a travel frenzy as you go into the white tale breading season," said Clay Stamm, UK Cooperative Extension Agent.

Each year across Kentucky, there are roughly 3,200-3,300 deer-related collisions.

Stamm also says that as we continue to lose daylight going into winter, drivers will need to be more aware.

"When people are traveling to and from work, that's the time of day we're doing the bulk of traveling and that's when deer like to travel as well, right at dawn and dusk," Stamm explains.

If a deer is sighted, officials say don't swerve. Instead, stay straight, keep your hands on the wheel and apply your brakes until stopped.

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