According to a biologist in our great state of Maine, the population of deer is once again on the rise. More deer in our communities also means more deer on our roadways and a potential for dangerous vehicle/deer collisions.
Maine motorists are being warned to be extra vigilant of these beautiful, yet potentially dangerous, animals while driving on our highways and rural roads.
The month of November, the official start of mating season for deer, has been a historically popular time for deer accidents to occur. According to the Maine Department of Transportation, in the last decade, 19 percent of our state's deer collisions have occurred in November.
Insurance companies in New England estimate that one out of every 207 Maine drivers will hit a deer, the second-highest state in New England after Vermont.
To minimize the risk of a deer collision, Maine drivers should:
- Travel extra slowly and be overly cautious in areas that are marked with deer-crossing signs
- Use high beams when available and safe for themselves and others
- Always remain aware of surroundings
For more information on large animal collisions in Maine, please go here: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/safety/documents/pdf/moosereport.pdf