Friday, 16 October 2020 20:28

Deer Crashes in MA Highest in Bristol County

Written by Curt Brown, The Standard Times


There were 838 such collisions in Rhode Island in 2019, with South Kingstown (61) leading the way, followed by Tiverton (58), Coventry (58), North Kingstown (54) and East Greenwich (45).


Drivers should be especially careful after dark, AAA says. From October to December of last year, 81% of the deer crashes in Bristol County occurred when it was dark. Crashes were most common from 5 to 7 p.m., during evening rush hour and when darkness had just set in.


“Drivers should always be on the lookout for hazards on the road, but the danger of deer is particularly acute in the fall,” said Diana Gugliotta, AAA Northeast senior manager of public affairs. “Deer present dangers to themselves, vehicles and vehicle occupants, so it behooves everybody to be prepared.”


Police say deer crashes, especially when high speeds are involved on highways, are dangerous to motorists and their passengers. Serious damage results when a vehicle traveling to 70 to 80 mph strikes a 150-lb. deer, they said. Often motorists swerve their vehicles to avoid hitting a deer and hit a pole or another vehicle.


Police said their own cruisers also have been heavily damaged and sometimes totaled after striking a deer.


Bristol County saw several high-profile and heartbreaking crashes in October and November of last year involving deer.


A 16-year-old Taunton boy was killed when he was ejected from the rear hatchback door of his mother’s compact mini-van when she swerved to avoid hitting a deer. She lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle rolled over in November on Route 24 in Taunton.

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