As wildlife activity ramps up in the Fall months, Maryland officials are reminding the public of the importance of alert and cautious driving practices.
Department of Natural Resources officials say as deer mating season approaches, unpredictable wildlife behavior can pose a threat to motorists. Specifically, DNR officials have released a comprehensive checklist to aide drivers:
- Be particularly attentive in the early morning and evening periods.
- Gradually brake to avoid hitting a deer; do not swerve as this may cause you to lose control of a vehicle.
- Slow down if a deer crosses the road ahead. Deer often travel in groups and others may be nearby.
- Stay alert and slow down in areas where deer crossing signs are posted. These indicate locations of frequent deer activity.
- Watch the shoulder. Be alert for deer standing along the shoulder as they may suddenly move into the roadway. Slow down and sound your horn to scare them away.
Maryland’s Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto says “Deer greatly increase their movements during the breeding season from mid-October through November as they search for mates.” He continued “Motorists should be especially cautious from dusk to dawn when deer are most active and likely to be encountered on the road.”