Deer Crash Season Upon Us
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)