June Brings Second Peak For Deer-Vehicle Crashes
Living in the Northland, we're pretty trained to be on the lookout for deer alongside the highways. And while those deer make their appearances usually during the fall season, June brings a secondary-peak in the total number of deer-vehicle crashes.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is sounding the alert to drivers during this month with a campaign on their social media. Through a series of stories and posts, they hope to keep drivers alert for four-legged animals that suddenly appear alongside (and sometimes dart into) the road.
What makes June a peak month for these sort of crashes? A number of items factor into the volume. Primarily it's due to the movement of female deer; June is the month that they look for places to give birth. In addition, the growth of vegetation close to roadways makes the deer harder to see as they emerge from the woods.