JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Department of Transportation is warning motorists to be aware of deer as cooler temperatures arrive.
“Mississippi averages over 3,000 deer-related crashes per year,” said Commissioner Dick Hall, Central Transportation District and chair, Mississippi Transportation Commission. “Hitting a deer can be a very costly expense and sometimes it can be a life-threatening accident.”
Though deer season peaks from October through January, remember that a deer could run on or near roadways at any time of the year. Practice safe driving at all times and keep these precautions in mind to help get through this time of year accident-free.
- Don’t veer for deer. If a deer runs in front of a moving car, remain calm and brake firmly. Swerving can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, causing an even more serious accident.
- Deer are pack animals. Take extra caution for deer lingering around the same area.
- Remain vigilant when driving at dawn and dusk. About 20 percent of 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 speed.
- At night use high beams, when no traffic is approaching, to illuminate the eyes of deer near the road. Make sure both headlights and high beams are cleaned and aimed correctly.