Nugget of Knowledge: Deer and driving

Deer-mating season can be dangerous for drivers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – These are dangerous months for white-tailed deer and drivers.

We are now into the deer-mating season, until around mid-December.

Bucks are so focused on finding females, they tend to ignore traffic. The dangerous times are around 5 to 8 a.m. and again in the evening, from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • We have woods all around us so a deer can easily pop up in any neighborhood
  • They behave unpredictably. Expect them to dart out into the road and more than one at a time.
  • Use high beams where you can.
  • Slow down where you see deer-crossing signs. The signs simply mean there is a heavy deer population in that area.

The top states for deer collisions are West Virginia, Montana and then Pennsylvania. Ohio is not as high.

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