Department of Highways, District 10
Deer Become Roadway Hazards In Fall Months In 10-County District 10 Area

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 03, 2005  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Nov. 3, 2005) – With fall comes the advent of deer mating season. The activity regarding the annual "rut," combined with pressures from deer hunters in the woods, means an increase in deer movement along the highways of the 10 counties that make up District 10 of the Department of Highways.

Motorists should use caution in areas that are known deer habitats. The Transportation Cabinet has marked many known deer activity areas with "Deer Crossing" warning signs, but unfortunately deer can’t read these signs and thus know where they should cross the road. Therefore, motorists should use care when driving in any wooded areas or in other locations known for deer activity, such as along stream valleys and near fields. The terrain of the region is well-suited for deer and the population has increased in recent years. Deer are now being seen in areas where they previously were scarce.

One of the more unpleasant duties that Transportation Cabinet employees have is to remove dead deer from the highways. If you spot a dead deer in the traveled portion of the roadway where it creates a traffic hazard, please notify your local state highway garage of the location. Motorists should also use caution in areas where Department of Highways personnel are conducting this unpleasant but necessary activity.

Remember, if you slow down and keep an eye out for deer during this most active time of the year for them, your chances for avoiding a collision are better. Both you and the deer can appreciate that!