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What you need to know about the annual “Antler Alert”

It’s peak season for deer-vehicle collisions.

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Deer are most active from October to December.

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It’s deer mating season, which means our mammal friends are on “the chase.

Every year, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) issues its “Antler Alert” to remind drivers that deer are most active from October through December.

According to KYTC, over half of all deer-vehicle collisions in Kentucky occur during this time, with more taking place in November than any other month.

Here are a few tips to remember when you’re on the road:

  • Slow down the moment you spot a deer. They travel in groups,so if you see one, there’s likely another.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Keep both hands on the wheel and apply brakes steadily until stopped — and remember to always wear your seat belt.
  • Keep headlights on bright at night unless other vehicles are approaching and constantly scan the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk when deer are most active.