Oil City, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding drivers that autumn is the season for deer to be on the move, sometimes crossing onto area roadways.
“In the fall months, deer are on the move and more likely to venture across roads and highways,” said PennDOT Engineering District 1 Executive Jim Foringer, P.E. “It’s important that drivers take extra precautions during October and November to avoid being involved in a deer-related crash.”
According to PennDOT statistics, in 2017, there were 5,674 deer-related crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 1,116 injuries and 17 fatalities. In the six counties included in PennDOT’s northwest region, there were 475 crashes, with 102 injuries and one fatality last year.
Deer often travel in small herds and are most active between sunset and sunrise as they look for food. Drivers should be alert during morning and evening commute times.
PennDOT recommends the following safety tips to help drivers avoid a deer-related crash:
• Slow down and use caution, particularly where deer crossing signs are posted.
• Increase the following distance between vehicles.
• Make young drivers aware of increased deer movement.
• Always wear your seat belt.
• Never drive impaired.
• Turn your headlights on whenever using your wipers.
For more information on crash statistics, go online to the Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool at www.crashinfo.penndot.gov/.