Thursday, November 24, 2005
Motorists should watch for deer on Mississippi roadways
During the months of October through December, approximately 70 percent of car-deer accidents occur due to the fact that deer are more active during this time of the year. However, these collisions can occur any month of the year, so always stay alert. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to take this opportunity to encourage motorists to be aware of deer on Mississippi roadways.
The deer population is on the rise across the country, and motorists can expect to see more of them on the roadways. Nationally, about 1.5 million people are involved in car-deer collisions each year and more than a hundred die as a result. Most people are very surprised at the devastating damage caused to vehicles during a car-deer collision, which can result in an average of $1,500 or more in damages.
The following are some interesting facts pertaining to driving safety during the deer season:
MDOT reminds all motorists to keep your eyes on the road, never drink and drive, always wear your safety seat belt and consider the following tips to avoid a car-deer collision:
For more information, please contact MDOT External Affairs Division at (601) 359-7017. Also, check the MDOT web site at www.goMDOT.com for traffic alerts and other helpful information.
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