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DNREC Urges Motorists to Watch Out for Deer Crossing Roadways, Especially at Dusk
By Kelli Steele

DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is reminding all motorists to remain alert for deer crossing area roads.
DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife is reminding all motorists to remain alert for deer crossing area roads.

Division of Fish & Wildlife Deer Biologist Joe Rogerson says with the coming shorter days – especially after daylight savings time changes on Sunday, more 9-to-5 workers will be driving home at dusk; he says deer are just beginning their busiest time around dusk.

Rogerson says the average white-tailed deer in Delaware weighs about 130 pounds, with larger bucks tipping the scales at 180 pounds or more. Hitting an animal that size can do serious and expensive damage to your vehicle. Such a collision may also cause injury to you or your passengers or trigger an accident involving you and other motorists.

In 2014, Delaware police departments logged a statewide total of 1,273 deer-vehicle crashes – an 8.6 percent increase from 1,172 in 2013. The crashes reported in 2014 resulted in no fatalities, 62 personal injuries and 1,207 property damage cases. For 2015 through September, 708 deer-related crashes have been reported, with no fatalities, 43 personal injuries and 665 property damage cases.



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