NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Officials with the Tennessee Highway patrol have warned drivers to be extra careful on the roads this fall. Autumn is typically the worst time of year for deer-related crashes.
"Deer pose a danger to motorists throughout the year, but especially in the fall," THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. "November is typically the worst month for deer-related crashes. It is important to exercise caution, slow down and stay alert in areas where deer are populated."
The increase in crashes is likely during the months of October through December due to deer mating and hunting season. In 2011, there were 5,644 deer-related crashes, including 285 that involved injuries and two that were fatal. That was up by 4.2 percent from 5,418 the previous year.
"Our agency appreciates the Department of Safety and Homeland Security's efforts to remind drivers to be aware of the increase of deer activity at this time of year," Don King, TWRA Chief of Information and Education said.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency suggested that drivers take extra caution and slow down and stay alert in areas where there are deer.