NCDOT: Nearly 90% of animal-related car crashes involve deer - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

NCDOT: Nearly 90% of animal-related car crashes involve deer

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) –The North Carolina Department of Transportation says nearly 90 percent of all reported animal-related crashes involve deer, and 50 percent of those crashes occur in the months of October through December.

The NCDOT recently released statistics with a statement urging drivers to be alert for an increase of the possibility of collisions with deer on roads. A study shows that in 2012, there were 20,181 animal-related crashes, the lowest number in three years. The three year total of crashes is 61,688, with 20 fatalities, nearly 3,500 injuries and more than $144 million in damages.

Mating and hunting seasons spur deer activity during this time, and crashes are most frequent between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m., and from 6 p.m. until midnight. Limited visibility when it is dark out makes it more difficult for motorists to see deer on or near the roads.

NCDOT offers the following suggestions for motorists to avoid being in a deer-vehicle crash:

  • Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the late afternoon and evening;
  • Statistics indicate most deer-vehicle crashes occur near bridges or overpasses., and they also follow railroad tracks, streams and ditches;
  • Drive with high beams on when possible, and watch out for eyes reflecting in the headlights;
  • Remember that deer often travel in groups, so do not assume that the road is clear if one deer has already passed;
  • Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause you to lose control of the vehicle, flipping it over, veering it into oncoming traffic or overcorrecting and running off the road, causing a more serious crash;
  • Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away;
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and other cars, especially at night. If the car ahead of you hits a deer, you may also become involved in the accident;
  • Always wear your seat belt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belt;
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences or reflectors to deter deer as these devices have not been proven to reduce deer-vehicle crashes; and
  • If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible, and call 911.

Copyright 2013 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Woman shot early Sunday morning outside Pawleys Island bar

    Woman shot early Sunday morning outside Pawleys Island bar

    Sunday, July 22 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-07-22 14:17:09 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - A woman is recovering Sunday after a shooting in the parking lot of a Pawleys Island restaurant sent her to the hospital. According to Georgetown Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jason Lesley, the woman was shot outside of the SandBar on Ocean Hwy before fleeing to a nearby convenience store. Medical personnel picked up the woman at the Circle K according to Lesley.  There is no update on the woman's condition at this time. GCSO are...More >>
    PAWLEYS ISLAND, SC (WMBF) - A woman is recovering Sunday after a shooting in the parking lot of a Pawleys Island restaurant sent her to the hospital. According to Georgetown Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jason Lesley, the woman was shot outside of the SandBar on Ocean Hwy before fleeing to a nearby convenience store. Medical personnel picked up the woman at the Circle K according to Lesley.  There is no update on the woman's condition at this time. GCSO are...More >>
  • Suspect arrested in murder of 85-year-old Lumberton man

    Suspect arrested in murder of 85-year-old Lumberton man

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:42 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:42:17 GMT
    Source: Robeson County Sheriff's OfficeSource: Robeson County Sheriff's Office

    LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - A suspect is behind bars Saturday, charged with murder in connection to the death of 85-year-old Rufus Revels of Lumberton County. William James Moore, 44, has been charged with first degree murder and robbery. Revels was found dead in his home earlier this month after Lumberton Police responded to a 9-1-1 call.  According to police Revels was beaten to death.  RELATED STORY:  'I'm stunned, hurt, upset:' 85-year-old Lumberton ...

    More >>

    LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - A suspect is behind bars Saturday, charged with murder in connection to the death of 85-year-old Rufus Revels of Lumberton County. William James Moore, 44, has been charged with first degree murder and robbery. Revels was found dead in his home earlier this month after Lumberton Police responded to a 9-1-1 call.  According to police Revels was beaten to death.  RELATED STORY:  'I'm stunned, hurt, upset:' 85-year-old Lumberton ...

    More >>
  • City of Florence recognized for economic development progress

    City of Florence recognized for economic development progress

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:49 PM EDT2018-07-21 16:49:54 GMT
    Source: City of FlorenceSource: City of Florence
    Source: City of FlorenceSource: City of Florence
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The City of Florence recieved state-wide recognition Saturday at an annual meeting between local South Carolina governments and officials.  In addition to the annual awards reception, the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) provides a forum for sharing public service ideas throughout the state. The 2018 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Economic Development is the City of Florence's sixth straight MASC award.  "I'm happy to work with a ci...More >>
    FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The City of Florence recieved state-wide recognition Saturday at an annual meeting between local South Carolina governments and officials.  In addition to the annual awards reception, the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) provides a forum for sharing public service ideas throughout the state. The 2018 Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Award for Economic Development is the City of Florence's sixth straight MASC award.  "I'm happy to work with a ci...More >>
Powered by Frankly