TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Hunting season and mating season for deer is now underway, which could cause motorists some troubles on local roads.
According to Indiana State Police, there is an average of 16,000 accidents involving deer crossing the road each year across the state. ISP Public Information Officer Matt Ames said these types of accidents are more likely to occur during the early mornings or late at night.
Deer are often unpredictable and if one is spotted, it is likely that there are more close by.
“Motorists need to be a little more cautious when they’re out during those hours of darkness,” Ames said. “They should make sure they’re slowing down 5 MPH. If you slow down just 5 MPH you’d be surprised how well you could get your vehicle to stop before you come into a collision with a deer.”
Ames also added that drivers should flash their brights to alert cars coming in the opposite direction of deer in the area.