Deer Watch

Madisonville, KY – With deer mating season beginning this month, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is reminding motorists to watch out on roadways. Deer-related crashes increase from October to January; transportation cabinet officials reported nearly 3,000 last year. But Cabinet Spokesman Keith Todd says that probably doesn't reflect real numbers.

"Because a lot of our police agencies tell us that perhaps there may be that many more that aren't reported, and based on numbers of deer that we observe along the roadways, it's probably a lot higher than that."

Last year, out of Kentucky's top 20 counties for deer-vehicle collisions, six are in western Kentucky. Hopkins County ranks second. The Transportation Cabinet urges all drivers to wear their seatbelts and scan the road constantly during the sunrise and sunset hours.