COLUMBUS (Wednesday, October 7, 2009) – Updated safety statistics from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reveal that motorists in both rural and urban regions of the state need to watch out for dangerous – and sometimes deadly – accidents involving deer-vehicle crashes.
The concern is even greater as the seasons change from summer to fall, when the average number of deer-vehicle crashes jump 200 percent from September to October.
In 2008, there were a total of 24,582 deer-vehicle crashes reported in Ohio, resulting in six people killed and 1,127 injured. Nearly half of the accidents occurred between the beginning of October and the end of December. The ODOT safety study shows there were 5,176 accidents in November 2008 alone – roughly 172 accidents each day.
The study also reveals that deer-vehicle crashes are not limited to rural areas of the state. In fact, the total deer crashes were greatest in the Akron area (601 crashes in Summit County) and the Cincinnati area (593 crashes in Hamilton County) last year.
In ODOT District 11's east-central Ohio region, there were a total of 1,390 deer-vehicle crashes reported, resulting in 70 people injured.
Because many deer-vehicle collisions go unreported to police and local authorities, the actual number of crashes throughout Ohio may be as high as 60,000 each year.
Fewer daylight hours, combined with the increased movement of deer due to mating season and hunting season, increases the risk of collisions between deer and vehicles. ODOT advises motorists to use these driving tips to help avoid collisions with deer: