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Deer Crash Season Upon Us


Map of the state of Kansas with each county listing the number of deer-related crashes with and without injuries

As we enter into October, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists about the annual increase in deer movement and subsequent increase in car / deer related crashes.  

"In 2017, there were 184 deer related crashes in Cherokee County, including 5 injuries," according to Sheriff David Groves.

In an effort to help keep motorists safe, Sheriff Groves is providing the following tips:

  • Drive with your high beams on if there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Scan the road and ditches.  If see you a deer, slow down and continue with caution.
  • Deer will typically travel in groups.  If you see one, expect there to be more.
  • Do not take evasive action to avoid a deer.  Generally, it's better and safer to hit the animal than to swerve to miss it.
  • If you strike a deer, pull all the way off the roadway, activate your emergency flashers, stay in the vehicle, and contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • As always, don't forget to buckle up!

Photo Explanation - Top # is total number of car/deer crashes per county. Bottom # is injury. * denotes Fatality

(Map courtesy of Public Information Officer Kansas State Trooper Tod Hileman @TrooperTod)



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