WESTERN KY (11/15/11) - We’re entering the peak of deer mating season which generates an uptick in vehicle-deer collisions on state highways. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials are issuing a reminder for motorists across the region to be on the lookout for deer crossing roadways, especially near dawn and dusk when visibility is at the lowest.
 
The effort to keep drivers on alert is especially important because of the increased hazard roving deer present. About half of all deer-vehicle collisions are reported in the last 3 months of the year.
 
KYTC District 1 Spokesman Keith Todd says a check of deer collisions reported from 2010 provides some perspective on what drivers are facing. A review of police crash reports indicates Hopkins County and Henderson County top the list of Western Kentucky counties with the most deer-vehicle collisions.
 
“Hopkins County was the leader by far with 133 reported deer collisions. Henderson County came in second with 69, followed closely by Daviess and Muhlenberg,” Todd said. “Our other counties with high numbers include Christian, Marshall and Graves.”
 
Todd noted that most people think rural counties with high deer populations would have a higher number of vehicle-deer collisions. However, the heavier vehicle count numbers in some of the more urban counties generate a higher likelihood that vehicles and deer will be competing for the same space out on area highways.
 
“Some of the counties with higher deer numbers have lower human population numbers,” Todd said. “The rural nature of those counties means they have lower traffic count numbers and therefore fewer vehicles to come into contact with roving deer.”
 
Todd says during mating season deer can find their way into subdivisions and even into commercial areas by following streams and other areas unoccupied by humans.
 
Todd urged motorists to report all collisions with deer to police. Based on the number of deer highway crews find along area highways, traffic engineers believe a lot of collisions go unreported. Todd says it is important to report collisions to police to provide highway safety engineers with accurate information.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 150 people are killed across the nation each year in motor vehicle accidents involving deer.
 
Kentucky averages about 3 highway fatalities each year attributed to deer. In 2010 there were 3,106 total collisions with deer reported in Kentucky, resulting in four fatalities and 166 injuries. That compares with 2009 when 3,031 total collisions with deer were reported in Kentucky, resulting in one fatality and 176 injury crashes.
 
COUNTY 2010 DEER CRASHES
ADAIR 16
ALLEN 51
ANDERSON 34
BALLARD 10
BARREN 50
BELL 15
BOONE 155
BOURBON 15
BOYD 69
BOYLE 10
BRACKEN 6
BREATHITT 7
BRECKINRIDGE 11
BULLITT 18
BUTLER 4
CALDWELL 22
CALLOWAY 38
CAMPBELL 119
CARLISLE 3
CARROLL 38
CARTER 23
CASEY 8
CHRISTIAN 66
CLARK 13
CLAY 13
CLINTON 8
CRITTENDEN 14
CUMBERLAND 1
DAVIESS 69
EDMONSON 10
ELLIOTT 1
ESTILL 5
FAYETTE 32
FLEMING 6
FLOYD 39
FRANKLIN 71
FULTON 3
GALLATIN 9
GARRARD 3
GRANT 50
GRAVES 54
GRAYSON 27
GREEN 10
GREENUP 16
HANCOCK 14
HARDIN 101
HARLAN 5
HARRISON 30
HART 20
HENDERSON 69
HENRY 42
HOPKINS 133
JACKSON 3
JEFFERSON 107
JESSAMINE 15
JOHNSON 12
KENTON 86
KNOTT 11
KNOX 21
LARUE 12
LAUREL 22
LAWRENCE 17
LESLIE 1
LETCHER 2
LEWIS 10
LINCOLN 8
LIVINGSTON 17
LOGAN 28
LYON 22
MADISON 22
MAGOFFIN 16
MARION 5
MARSHALL 52
MARTIN 3
MASON 50
MCCRACKEN 19
MCCREARY 17
MCLEAN 19
MEADE 26
MENIFEE 3
MERCER 17
METCALFE 23
MONTGOMERY 12
MORGAN 12
MUHLENBERG 68
NELSON 43
NICHOLAS 3
OHIO 21
OLDHAM 38
OWEN 24
OWSLEY 1
PENDLETON 32
PERRY 10
PIKE 35
POWELL 7
PULASKI 68
ROCKCASTLE 21
ROWAN 29
RUSSELL 7
SCOTT 43
SHELBY 39
SIMPSON 14
SPENCER 16
TAYLOR 29
TODD 16
TRIGG 16
TRIMBLE 14
UNION 21
WARREN 42
WASHINGTON 13
WAYNE 5
WEBSTER 23
WHITLEY 22
WOLFE 7
WOODFORD 24
 
Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.
 
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