Greene County Public Health releases tips to avoid deer-related crashes – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


MIAMI VALLEY — Deer season is in full swing throughout the Miami Valley and Greene County Public Well being is releasing tricks to keep away from hitting deer on the street.

Deer season runs from October by January.

In keeping with the Ohio State Freeway Patrol, there have been 100,672 deer-related crashes in Ohio since 2016. 95 p.c of these resulted in property injury. 27 crashes resulted in 28 deaths.

OSHP has reported greater than 9,300 deer-related crashes up to now this 12 months.

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GCPH stated there have been deer habits drivers ought to know:

  • Deer are most frequently alongside the facet of the street close to daybreak, round 7 a.m., and at nightfall, round 7:30 p.m.
  • Deer are additionally extremely lively throughout deer season and are on the transfer loads.
  • Deer by no means journey alone. If a driver sees one, they need to preserve their eyes out for extra.
  • Deer are most ceaselessly discovered close to the outskirts of city and in closely wooded areas.

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In a launch, GCPH stated a there have been a number of issues drivers might do to stop deer-related crashes, but additionally defend themselves within the occasion of 1:

  • Decelerate in areas recognized for top deer populations. The extra conservative drivers are, the extra time they must break if an animal darts into their paths.
  • At all times put on a seatbelt.
  • Use your excessive beams when the street is freed from oncoming visitors to extend your visibility and response time.
  • Look ahead to the shine of eyes alongside the roadside. When noticed, start to decelerate.
  • For those who see a deer frozen on the street, decelerate and flash your lights. If that doesn’t work, attempt one lengthy blast of the horn to scare them off the street.
  • Pay shut consideration to warning indicators that point out deer or different massive animals.
  • If driving on a multi-lane street, drive within the center lane to offer your self as a lot area a attainable to keep away from grazing deer.

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Officers remind drivers to by no means serve to keep away from a deer on the street. It might confuse the deer or trigger a head-on crash with oncoming visitors.

If a driver hits a deer, they’re requested to name emergency companies if somebody is injured. If there aren’t any accidents, however there’s property injury, drivers are requested to name native police.

Drivers ought to report deer-related crashes to their insurance coverage firms as quickly as attainable.