Watch out for Deer Car Collisions, Says DNR

With an estimated 50,000 deer-car collisions annually in Georgia, leaders of the state’s wildlife, highway safety and insurance agencies are advising motorists to be cautious of increased deer sightings this fall.

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams said that deer are on the move during this time of year, cautioning that while motorists in rural areas may expect to see deer, Georgia’s suburban and urban areas can be prime spots as well.

Officials said that there are natural and human causes for increased deer-car collisions, including changes in seasons, increased human population and rural development, and time changes.
More than 300 people were injured when vehicles collided with deer in 2011, according to data provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. A total of 1,000 people across the country died in similar accidents between 2006 and 2010, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Officials reminded motorists that seeing one deer usually means more are nearby, deer are usually most active at dawn and dusk, and deer are unpredictable.