December 2009
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Deer/Auto Accident Season

November and December are the months when the majority of deer collisions occur. To see where most accidents in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan happen, see the TMACOG map here. Deer collisions can cause serious damage to a car, van, or motorcycle, and are responsible for deaths in Ohio and Michigan every year. An ODOT safety study showed that in Ohio in November 2008 there were about 172 deer/vehicle collisions per day.

Deer are on the move around sunrise and between sunset and midnight. Females often travel in herds. If you see a deer at the side of the road, it’s likely that several more are close behind the leader. In northwest Ohio, the area within Oak Openings Metropark is a high crash area, as is Bedford Township, particularly Temperance. Deer are also in more urban habitats. The map shows many accidents along the Maumee River in the cities of Maumee and Perrysburg, in and near Ottawa Hills, and in the vicinity of Ottawa Park in West Toledo.

ODOT recommends that drivers be alert to road signs warning of deer in the area, wear seat belts, and use high beams when possible. If a driver should hit a deer, the driver is responsible for calling law enforcement to report the accident even if there is no damage to the vehicle.

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