As deer become more active this season and amble onto Oregon roadways, drivers are reminded to be vigilant to protect themselves and wildlife.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that October and November are the busiest times of the year for vehicle-wildlife collisions. This is headlined by a larger number of reported accidents involving deer. This is because deer are on the move for two big reasons, fall is the breeding season and colder temperature induce migration to greener pastures.
The most likely times for a collision are at dawn and dusk, so drivers should be cautious while traveling at those hours. Be especially vigilant while on rural roads or traversing through the Mount Hood National Forest, or any place that has posted deer crossing signs.
Other tips from ODOT include:
- Stay alert if you spot one deer, because there will often be more nearby.
- If a deer wanders onto the roadway, do not swerve to avoid hitting it, as you may create a more dangerous situation for other drivers.
- Honking may help alert a deer and spur it to move off the roadway.
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