STATES CHRONICLE – The DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has advised drivers and bikers to pay attention to the passing deer. Especially now, when the Daylight Saving Time will change into the Standard Time, the visibility on the road becomes troubled. Emily Boyd, who is deer biologist for the Division of Fish & Wildlife, has signaled drivers’ attention when on the road at night.
Deer usually cross highways and streets, becoming even more scared of cars and motorbikes. At the end of the day, when everybody is on their way home from work, deer start appearing near circulated roads and highways. Starting with sunset until midnight when deer seem to be walking or crossing roads, drivers should be very attentive, driving with caution.
The average deer in Delaware may reach a weight of about 130 pounds. Bucks are usually larger weighing approximately 180 pounds. Sleepy drivers or irresponsible ones could hit one of these animals at night if they do not pay attention. This kind of accident can cause expensive damaged to your vehicle, but it can also hurt you.
What is more, aside from causing you severe injuries, this kind of accident could also involve other traffic participants, threatening their life too. Back in 2015, the police departments from Delaware have registered a total of 1,791 such accidents. Unfortunately, since 2014, the number of deer-cars crashes has increased up to 5.4%.
The accidents which were reported in 2015 registered two deadly cases, 1,726 vehicles’ damages and 63 injured drivers and bikers. During September 2016, there have been announced 984 deer-related accidents, 949 of the cases reporting cars’ destruction and 35 cases resulted in injured passengers.
In October, the figures have shown that Delaware bikers and drivers have caused about 166 deer-car accidents. Emily Boyd has claimed that fall represents the season when deer start searching for mates. That only means that they will become more agitated, being in a continuous rush. This mating season is also an appropriate opportunity for the activity of bucks to improve. They will be made more active, chasing deer.
This could be a significant threat for drivers. Authorities have estimated that the number of accidents related to deer might increase this month. Previous statistics have demonstrated that the number of deer-car collisions is usually very increased during November.
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