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Tennessee Highway Patrol warns Motorists to watch out for Deer
Posted By News Staff On Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 11:30 pm In News | No Comments
October through December Worst Time For Deer-Related Crashes
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to watch out for deer on or near the roadways this fall season. An increase in deer-related crashes is likely during the months of October through December due to deer mating and hunting season.
“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.”
In Tennessee, between 2007 and 2011, 9.2 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. 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. However, since 2007, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have increased 5.9 percent.
Additionally, State Farm®, the nation’s leading auto insurer, estimates 1.09 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred in the U.S. between July 1st, 2010 and June 30th, 2011. That’s nine percent less than three years earlier.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency suggest the following tips to help prevent deer-related crashes during peak mating and hunting seasons:
Remember that mating season puts deer on the move and deer tend to move at dawn and dusk.
“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.
Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the nearest TWRA regional office to report the accident within 48 hours. For TWRA regional offices, visit the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org 
Enclosed are statistics for deer-related crashes in Tennessee from 2007 – 2011. Additional data regarding deer-related crashes can be found at: http://www.tn.gov/safety/stats/CrashData/StatewideDeerCrashesByCounty.pdf 
|Deer Crashes Statewide by Month, 2007 – 2011|
|Crash Month||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||5 Yr Totals||5 Yr Average|
|Source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Research, Planning, and Development; 16 Oct, 2012.|
The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety ) to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.
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