It’s deer season – on the roads of Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, AAA, and the Williams County Safe Communities Coalition are all reminding drivers that November is peak time. for deer-related accidents.
Members of the Williams County Safe Communities Coalition reviewed animal accident statistics for 2017-2021 at their November 3 coalition meeting. Traffic accident data over a five-year period from 2017 to 2021 was compiled by Faria Amin, GIS Planner/Analyst, Maumee Valley Planning Organization. Most of our deer-related accidents are property-related only and occur on dark, unlit roads early in the morning and at night. Ohio drivers are urged to drive with caution, especially during the month of November, the peak month for deer-vehicle crashes in the state. Dawn and dusk are the most likely times for deer collisions, with 25% of collisions occurring between 5 a.m. and 7:59 a.m.