10/12/2020- It’s the time of year when you’re most likely to spot a whitetail darting across the roadway and officials with the Wisconsin DOT say as deer activity increases, drivers need to slow down and be alert. Deer/vehicle crashes typically peak during the October and November “rutting” period and while they can be seen any time of day, they’re especially active around dusk and dawn.
DOT reps say the best strategy to protect yourself and minimize the chance of hitting a deer is to buckle up, slow down and watch the road ahead carefully. Drivers are also reminded that, if they see one deer cross the road in front of them, they should watch for more. If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, motorists should brake firmly and stay in their lane, as sudden swerving can result in a loss of vehicle control and a more serious crash. Last year in Wisconsin, there were more than 18000 reported deer/vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries to 556 motorists and nine fatalities. 140 of those crashes, 14 injuries, and two of the deaths were recorded here in Marinette County.