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Oh, Deer! November Worst Month For Car-Animal Collisions

Heather Joan

Lane County authorities are warning drivers to be particularly cautious this month…November is statistically highest for collisions with wildlife.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Transportation officials say mating periods, hunting season, and seasonal migration have animals moving out and about this time of year. And the most active times are between 5 and 7am, as well as 5 to 8pm.

Becky Taylor is Lane County’s Senior Transportation Planner. She says there were nearly 80 collisions reported between 2013 and 2016…often during clear and dry days. 

“Y’know when it’s foggy or wet or icy, drivers tend to be more alert and cautious.  Accommodating for the conditions," says Taylor.

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"And maybe they’re not as alert when it’s clear and dry, ‘cuz they feel safer, or they don’t need to adapt their driving to the elements.”

Out of all of Lane County’s thoroughfares, Marcola Road had the most collisions in the three-year period, with twelve. The runner-ups – with four collisions each – were 30th Avenue, Jasper-Lowell Road, and Row River Road.  But many incidents go unreported.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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