It’s Deer Season on our Roads

by Safety Connection

Dane County recorded the second-highest number of car/deer crashes in the state of Wisconsin last year (with 796) and led all counties with crashes in 2019 (with 859). October and November are the peak months for these crashes as it’s deer mating season.

If you’ll be doing some leaf peeping or picking out that last minute pumpkin this weekend, watch out for deer when traveling—especially in rural areas of Dane County.

And keep in mind most deer activity is in the early morning or evening hours.

WisDOT offers these safety tips:

  • Make sure all of your passengers are buckled up safely.
  • If you see a deer cross the road in front of you, watch out for more.
  • A long blast from your car horn my frighten the deer away.
  • If a collision is unavoidable, brake firmly and STAY IN YOUR LANE. Do NOT swerve which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle and end up in a more serious crash.
  • After impact get your vehicle out of the road as best you can. Call 911 and be prepared to describe your location to a dispatcher.
  • Never try to move and injured deer.
  • While you wait for help, stay buckled up inside your vehicle so you are not struck by another vehicle.

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