Dear Neighbors,Here is an important advisory re-printed from the DMV website. Please take care on our roads during this season!
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and DEC are reminding drivers that deer and moose
become more active and are more likely to enter public roadways in the fall.
During the months of October, November, and December, it is breeding season and the animals are more visible. Two-thirds of the crashes between deer and vehicles occur during this three-month span. Motorists should also be alert for moose on roadways in the Adirondacks and surrounding areas this time of year.
Motorists should be aware animals are especially active at dawn and dusk when visibility may be reduced and commuter traffic may be heavy. DEC recommends these precautions motorists can take to reduce the chance of hitting a deer or moose:
- Decrease speed when you approach deer near roadsides. Deer can “bolt” or change direction at the last minute.
- If you see a deer go across the road, decrease speed and be careful. Deer travel in groups so expect other deer to follow.
- Use emergency lights or a headlight signal to warn other drivers when deer are seen on or near the road.
- Use caution on roadways marked with deer crossing signs.
- Use extreme caution when driving at dawn or dusk, when animal movement is at its highest and visibility is reduced.
Photo by Bill Richardson