| |
Kansas City District Facebook Twitter Flickr Instagram YouTube RSS

Local News Releases


Michele Sewart, 816-607-2027

October 31, 2016 03:54 PM
Be Cautious of Deer Near Highways

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Deer-vehicle collisions on Missouri highways typically increase in fall months when bucks become more active and weather turns colder. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 3,732 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. In these crashes, there were three fatalities and 346 people were injured.

Although some accidents with deer are unavoidable, motorists can take extra precautions to reduce the chance of striking these agile but unpredictable animals.

First, be aware that deer are coming out of the wooded areas to reach clearings. Farmers are harvesting, which drives deer from natural cover into open areas like highways.

Be prepared for deer to cross or dart into a road at any time, particularly around dusk and dawn. To increase your long-distance visibility, use your high beams if other cars aren’t approaching. If you encounter a deer, sound your horn and slow down or stop until the animal passes. Swerving may only place you in the path of the veering animal – or another deer or two coming right behind the first. You may also lose control and cause more harm and damage than colliding with the deer.

Finally, remember to stay alert, slow down and buckle up. Most people injured in deer-vehicle collisions weren’t wearing a seat belt.

Deer crossing signs are posted in areas where collisions or sightings occur frequently, but deer are unpredictable. If you should hit a deer, report the accident to your local sheriff’s office, the Missouri Highway Patrol or municipal police. Don’t approach an injured or frightened deer because their sharp, hard hooves can seriously injure or kill you. Call 888-ASK-MODOT and MoDOT’s maintenance crews will remove dead animals as quickly as they can get to them.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).


 

 
District Map
Kansas City District
spacer
Traveler Information
Traveler Map
Kansas City Scout
Emergency Response Operators
map
call, cell, mobile, phone iconText Alerts - Sign Up!
spacer
Quick Links
Your Local Area Engineer
Report a Road Concern
Rate Our Workzones
spacer
Your Local MoDOT
Get your local district information.
Districts Map
About Us
How Do I...
Contact Us
Missouri Department of Transportation
Central Office
105 W. Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, MO 65102
1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636)
1-866-831-6277 (Motor Carrier Services)
Drivers License Offices
horz_bar
| | |
Missouri State Government
 
© 2013 Missouri Department of Transportation. All Rights Reserved.   Privacy Policy.
 
 
Platte Clay Jackson Cass Johnson Lafayette Ray Saline Pettis Northwest Northeast Kansas City Southwest Southeast Central St. Louis iTunes Android