Thursday, November 15, 2012
One Kansas Highway Patrol trooper got a reminder Wednesday evening that it's deer mating season. The trooper struck a deer while traveling along K-9 Highway in Atchison County.
The trooper was not hurt, but his truck sustained damage to the front passenger side. The patrol posted to its Facebook page about the incident to remind motorists about the danger of deer in the roadway this time of year.
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation there were over 9,000 collisions between vehicles and deer in 2011. Sedgwick County recorded the highest number of collisions with 354. Butler County recorded the third highest with 250.
Last year, Two people were killed and 297 were hurt. KDOT, KHP and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks offer the following tips to motorists.
Deer travel more at dawn and dusk so watch for activity during these hours;
Deer rarely travel alone so if you see one, watch for more;
Watch near wooded areas and green spaces or bodies of water and be sure to reduce your speed;
Swerving to avoid deer can actually be more dangerous. Motorists often strike other vehicles or drive off of the road and collide with obstructions;
Keep your eyes open for deer crossing signs;
Use your bright lights and watch for the light reflecting in the deer's eyes;
Always wear your seat belt.
Troopers remind motorists that if they are involved in a collision involving a deer and someone is hurt or more than $1,000 in damage is done to property, they need to contact the closest law enforcement agency to report the accident. Failure to report the accident is a misdemeanor in Kansas and could result in a suspended driver's license.