KDOT Warns Drivers About 'Deer Day'

Nov 14, 2017

On average, there are more than 10,000 collisions between cars and deer in Kansas every year. According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, November is peak season for these types of accidents. 

Right around Nov. 17,  the middle of the month, is what officials at KDOT call “Deer Day.” It’s the day of the year that the most crashes between cars and deer occur. 

Crashes Between Motor Vehicles and Deer in Kansas
Credit Kansas Department of Transportation

KDOT spokeswoman Nicole Randall says deer are more active in November because it’s peak breeding season. Randall says the animals are also very active around dusk, which in mid-November just happens to be right around the time people begin driving home from work.

“Because we’re later in the year the days are getting shorter and people are still heading home around 5 o’clock," she says. "Rush hour doesn’t change because it starts to get darker earlier.”

Randall says it’s a good idea to turn headlights on for your commute home. She says it could make the difference between seeing a deer in time, or not.  


Follow Brian Grimmett on Twitter @briangrimmett .


To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.