- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - This is the main breeding season for whitetail deer, and Kentucky officials say the last three months of the year is responsible for about half of the wrecks involving deer.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Department’s Gabe Jenkins says drivers should take into consideration the time of day and surroundings as they travel. He says deer are most active around dawn and dusk as they look for mates.

Jenkins says swerving to miss a deer may confuse the animal so only steer to avoid hitting a deer if it can be done safely.

Also, wear a seat belt and pay attention to yellow highway signs identifying deer crossing hot spots.

Last year, 2,985 vehicle-deer collisions were reported, accounting for less than 3 percent of all vehicle collisions statewide.

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