October 27, 2021
MDOT reminds motorists to be alert for deer.
JACKSON, MISS. – As the seasons slowly change into autumn, the days get shorter, and deer become more active and visible on Mississippi roadways. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to take precautions to avoid collisions with deer.
“There are approximately 3,700 reported deer crashes in Mississippi every year,” said Brad White, MDOT Executive Director. “Deer collisions can sometimes be life threatening and make for costly repairs on a vehicle.”
In 2020, there were 3,784 reported deer-related crashes in Mississippi. This year there have already been 1,915 deer-related crashes in the magnolia state.
“Deer are unpredictable animals, especially when startled,” said White. “Drivers should remain alert, especially in morning and dusk hours when deer tend to be more active. Motorists should also avoid distractions and wear a seat belt.”
Motorists should be alert for large animals near the road and have a plan of action. Keeping calm and driving smart improve drivers’ chances of avoiding collisions and staying safe on the road.
Though deer season peaks from October through January, remember that deer can run on or near roadways at any time of the year. Practice safe driving at all times and keep these precautions in mind to help get through this time of year accident-free:
“All drivers should take extra care during deer season,” said White. “Always be alert and ready to respond to a deer jumping into the road in front of you.”
MDOT urges motorists to avoid distracted driving and buckle up for safety when traveling Mississippi’s highways and roadways during deer season.
For additional travel safety tips, visit GoMDOT.com/drivesmartms
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
October 27, 2021