Local police have been dealing with various reports of deer on the roads and in local neighborhoods.
Police handled traffic control on Route 65 while assisting with an injured deer Nov. 6 in Edgeworth. A day before, police went to Elwick Street in Sewickley for a report of a large deer sitting in a yard. As the officer walked toward the back of the house, a large buck jumped up and ran toward Bank Street.
Deer are everywhere this season and the likelihood of a licensed driver in Pennsylvania hitting a deer within the next year is 1 in 77, according the State Farm Insurance website. Pennsylvania is fourth on the list of states where an individual driver is most likely to run in to a deer.
"PennDOT statistics show nearly half of all reportable crashes in the past five years involving deer occurred in the months of October and November, with nearly 77 percent taking place between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.," according to PennDOT.
Simply put, deer are most active between dusk and dawn and are particularly busy during mating season. Hunting season doesn't make things easier; deer are on the run then also.
More than 3,000 crashes involving deer were reported in 2010 in Pennsylvania, resulting in more than 600 injuries and eight fatalities, PennDOT statistics show.
PennDOT offers these deer safety tips:
- Watch for the telltale glow of a deer's eyes in the dark.
- Watch for warning signs that indicate heavy deer traffic areas.
- Deer travel in groups and in single file so, if you see one, be prepared for more to follow.
- If you see a deer, slow down, tap your brakes to warn others and sound your horn to move the deer.
- Deer fixate on headlights - flashing them may cause the deer to move out of harm's way.