While hunters prepare for this fall’s deer season, the MO Highway Patrol reminds drivers of different type of deer season. Deer are more active this time of year and are often sighted crossing busy roadways.
Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, notes last year, Missouri drivers were involved in over 4300 deer strikes statewide. These crashes resulted in nearly 450 injuries and nine deaths. Officials say deer strikes can occur at any time, but most often happen around sunrise and sunset.
Remember: Deer often travel in groups, so if you see one, more may be nearby entering the roadway. Stay alert even in urban areas.