Contact: Rhonda Oaks
Phone: (936) 633-4395
Date: Nov. 15, 2019
As deer season begins, motorists are urged to stay alert in pre-dawn hours and after dark. Deer are on the move through the nine-county Lufkin District and several crashes have been reported. TxDOT wants to remind drivers of the dangers of deer on the roadways and how quickly they will run across the roadway.
Motorists are urged to be attentive, especially just after sunset and the hours just before sunrise. These times are when the most deer collisions occur. Pay attention to road signs that indicate a heavy wildlife population in the area and reduce speed where deer have been known to cross.
“We usually see more deer hits in rural areas, but so far this year, there have been several on state and US highways, like the crash that occurred Tuesday on US 69 North in Angelina County,” said Rhonda Oaks, spokesperson for the Lufkin District. “Because deer are so much more active this time of year, we urge motorists to stay alert, especially during the dusk and pre-dawn hours when deer are known to move around more.”
Safety tips that could help motorists avoid a deer versus vehicle crash include:
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