Watch out for deer on the roads during the summer and fall months

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Summer and fall can be dangerous times on roadways near open fields because of deer in the roadways.

Drivers should be aware and cautious while driving, paying close attention to the road.

With deer breeding and raising their fawns time of year, it’s important to be even more vigilant on the roadways.

Kentucky fish and wildlife officials said that the biggest uptick in deer birthing occurs in June, making the roads more dangerous for drivers.

Following the uptick in births, deer mating season coming up in the fall, is even worse for drivers as fish and wildlife officials say they cross roads with less concern for safety and are out in higher numbers.

According to a study by the National Highway Safety Administration there are approximately 1.5 million deer-related car accidents each year resulting in over $1 billion dollars in vehicle damage.

The study also shows deer also cause around 200 fatalities every year.

Teresa Byrd, manager of Final Finish Body Shop, says, “just hit the deer, don’t go off the road or into oncoming traffic. Stay on the road.”

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 spokesman, Wes Watt, said motorists should be extremely cautious in the morning, early evening and overnight.

Remember, if you see one deer, it’s very possible that more could be nearby.

And, many people wonder what happens to the dead animals on the side of the road.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet picks them up off of the roadways and buries them.