Motorists advised to be on the lookout for deer

With deer on the move this time of year, it’s important to be even more vigilant on the roadways. 

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say autumn to early winter is when deer are moving from place to place, making it more dangerous for drivers.

According to the most recent numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 1.23 million deer-related accidents in the United States in a one-year period ending in June 2012.

Kentucky Department of Highways District 3 Spokesman, Wes Watt, says motorists should be extremely cautious in the morning, early evening and overnight. 

"It’s important for people not to panic," Watt said. "If you hit a deer, don’t swerve into oncoming traffic or off the roadway and into the path of a tree or something. It’s something we have to be watchful for, and that’s really all we can do when we are out on the roadways."

According to State Farm Insurance, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of deer-vehicle collisions.