The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has issued its annual “Antler Alert” to remind drivers of an increase in the number of deer around roadways during the final three months of the year.
About half of deer-vehicle crashes occur during the last three months of the year, according to transportation officials.
According to data from the cabinet, 17 deer-vehicle collisions occurred in Russell County last year, the same as neighboring Cumberland County and nearby Green County.
The transportation cabinet reminds drivers to be extra cautious when traveling, especially when dark when visibility is lower.
In Kentucky, nearly 3,000 roadway crashes involving deer were reported to police last year, according to state data. That was an increase of about 100 crashes from 2020.