Uptick In Deer-Related Accidents Projected For October

Uptick In Deer-Related Accidents Projected For October

  • 10/7/2019 4:42:55 PM
  • WMFD Digital Team
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OHIO - According to a report released by Richland Public Health, the risk of drivers colliding with deer increases during the month of October, confirmed by officials at the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The uptick in deer-related accidents is caused by deer mating season, which peaks during fall and winter months annually.

In 2018, deer-vehicle crashes throughout Ohio tallied 18,309. Three deaths and 980 injuries were caused by those crashes in 2018, along with 17,483 counts of property or vehicles damaged during those incidents.

The four counties with the largest number of reported deer-related accidents are as follows:

  • Stark County (488)
  • Trumbull County (431)
  • Richland County (429)
  • Hancock County (425)

Richland County ranked third in the state as being among the highest counties for accidents involving deer, out of 88 counties in Ohio.

Health Educator Reed Richmond cautioned drivers to heed warnings posted along roadways that note deer crossings, as those areas are frequently visited by deer moving from place to place throughout the mating season months. Drivers are asked to be especially careful at or around dawn or dusk.

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