ASHLAND, Ore. — It’s that time of year when you need to watch out for wildlife on the road, especially deer. Mid-October through December is prime time for deer vehicle collisions.
This time of year is reproductive and migration season for deer and other wildlife; therefore, there are more of them and they are on the move.
According to O-DOT, wildlife involved crashes have been on the rise in Oregon. Last year, O-DOT receive reports of 1,283 crashes, up from 1,199 in 2011 and 30% higher than the number reported in 2007.
Ashland Police say, so far, they have not seen an increase. Only two deer vehicle accidents have been reported in the past two months. They credit the low speed limits for the low amount of collisions.
“With 15 though the parks and 35 heading out of town, that’s the highest we get so it gives drivers a lot of reaction time to react if a deer runs in front of them,” explained Sgt. Theron Hull.
Police say to avoid wildlife collisions, stay vigilant and do not swerve. Swerving increases the likelihood of a more serious accident.