Cooler temps, longer nights mean more wildlife movement across roadways

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) reminds motorists to watch out for wild animals such as deer that might appear without warning in Missouri roadways during the fall.

The peak period for deer/vehicle collisions is October and November during breeding season when deer are moving about, especially at dawn and dusk. 

Shorter days mean drivers are on the road when deer are more active, which leads to a larger number of crashes involving wildlife.

“To avoid hitting a deer, always be cautious and alert,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT state maintenance director. “Animals may appear suddenly and swerving to avoid them can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, resulting in serious injury or death. 

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