With the cooler weather moving in, Mississippians know that this is the time of year that deer will be on the move on highways and roadways.
The Mississippi Department of Transportation warns drivers to take precautions to avoid vehicle-deer collisions.
It is highly important for drivers to stay alert.
“Over the past five years, Mississippi has averaged 3,058 deer-related crashes per year,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “The increase in vehicle-deer crashes in the fall and winter months is partially a result of higher traffic volumes, higher vehicle speed and shorter daylight hours.”
Here are some safe driving tips from MDOT for avoiding a collision with deer:
· Watch for deer and drive with extreme caution, especially in posted areas.
· If you see one deer near the road, slow down and expect that other deer will follow.
· Watch for deer, especially at dawn and after sunset. About 20 percent of these crashes occur in early morning, while more than half occur between 5 p.m. and midnight.
· Always buckle up for safety and drive at a safe, sensible speed.
· At night, use your high beam lights when no traffic is approaching. The high beams will illuminate the eyes of the deer on or near the highway.
MDOT urges drivers to watch out for deer, don't get distracted and, as always, buckle up for safety when driving.
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