In 2011, there were 9,199 deer-vehicle collisions reported in Kansas, resulting in 2 deaths and 297 injuries. The statistics are from the Kansas Department of Transportation, which is also joining the effort with state wildlife officials to promote safety on the road.
KDWPT is offering the following tips for drivers to avoid deer collisions:
*Be especially watchful at dawn and dusk when deer are particularly active
*Watch for more than one deer. They seldom travel alone, so if one crosses the road, others may follow
*Reduce speed and be alert near wooded areas or green spaces such as parks or golf courses and near water sources such as streams or ponds
*Don't swerve to avoid hitting a deer--the most serious accidents occur when motorists swerve and collide with another vehicle or run off the road and hit an obstacle.
*Heed deer crossing signs
*Always wear a seat belt
*Use bright lights and slow down whenever the reflective eyes of deer are spotted.
According to Kansas Highway Patrol Lt. Josh Kellerman, if you hit a deer, slow down and pull onto the shoulder, turn on your emergency flashers, and watch for traffic if you have to get out of your vehicle. On Kansas highways dial *47 for highway patrol assistance, or dial *582 for help on the Kansas Turnpike. You can also dial 911 for help after a deer-vehicle collision.