Delaware Drivers Warned About Increased Animal Activity On the Roads

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    AAA Mid-Atlantic warns Delaware drivers of driving in October, November, and December, which are the months when the most animal collisions occur.

    “Motorists need to be extra vigilant no matter what road they travel,” said Ken Grant, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Especially those on rural, wooded roads and during commuting times which coincide with high times of deer activity.”

    AAA Mid-Atlantic recommends various safety precautions for drivers to prevent serious damage resulting in a deer- or other animal-related accidents.

    “If a deer-vehicle collision is unavoidable,” Grant added, “don’t swerve out of your lane or lose control of your vehicle.”

    Grant and other officials also stress the importance of staying safe inside the vehicle.

    “Protect yourself by always wearing a seat belt and staying alert behind the wheel,” said Grant.

    According to 2010 data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, drivers aged 18 to 34 years old are less likely than 35 and older drivers to wear their seatbelts. In addition, men are roughly 10% less likely than women to wear their seat belts.

    According to Delaware State News, drivers should be especially alert in the early morning and evening hours, because animals are most active during the prime commuting times for most people. This time is when bucks are most actively pursuing does.

    No matter the time, however, drivers should always be alert and pay attention.

    “People should always be alert for deer when driving, but especially at this time of year, when deer can suddenly run onto any roadway, from busy highways to country roads,” said David Chanda, director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife. “One moment of inattentive driving can result in serious or even life-altering consequences.”

    In 2015, the Delaware State Police recorded 1,536 animal-related accidents across the state, leading to 1,449 property damage crashes, 85 personal injuries, and two fatalities.