Fall is a peak time of year for accidents involving wildlife and motorists. In November of 2012, there were 178 accidents on Oregon roads involved vehicles and animals, 164 in October of last year.
The Oregon State Police, ODOT and the ODFW are asking Oregonians to be alert for deer and other animals along the roadside. They encourage being attentive at all times, especially from sunset to sunrise. Watch for special signs that indicate the possible presence of wildlife. Reduce your speed and stay in your lane, and try to stay in your lane. Remember that smaller wildlife like nutria and raccoons are less dangerous to vehicles than big game animals. Swerving to avoid animals is often the cause of many wildlife-related accidents. One should also be on alert driving in areas where roadside vegetation is heavy.