Due to our cooler weather, breeding habits and the beginning of hunting season, deer migration requires more caution on highways, and the Kansas Turnpike this fall.
No matter what the season, studies find most deer/vehicle crashes happen at sunset or sunrise, as deer -- mostly nocturnal creatures -- are making their way to or from their destination. If you hit a deer or have any other type of accident while driving on the Kansas Turnpike, contact KTA dispatch immediately.
Highway Patrol help is available 24/7. On your cell phone, you can dial *KTA (which is *582) to reach the dispatch center. You can always call 1-800-827-PIKE (7453) from any phone.
Remember this advice to help avoide deer/vehicle collisions:
* If you see a deer, slow down and consider that other deer may be nearby.
* Use special caution in the areas where deer crossing signs are posted.
* Do not take unsafe evasive actions to avoid hitting a deer on the highway. It's almost always better to strike the deer than hit another car or the median barrier.
* Scan the roadside and down the roadway a little more closely than you normally would.
* During nighttime driving hours, use your high beam headlights when no traffic is approaching. This may help you see the deer much sooner, and allow you to react faster.
* Drive at a safe speed for the highway conditions.
* Stay awake and alert.