Be careful out there, in particular near those deer crossing signs on the highway.
Nebraska Office of Highway Safety Administrator Fred Zwonechek says they’re there for a reason.
“It’s usually probably a place where typically deer are moving regularly,” Zwonechek tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Deer, though, don’t seem to follow a pattern, let alone keep a routine and cross the highway at the same place every time.
Dawn and dusk are the most dangerous time of the day for deer on the highway.
But Zwonechek points out at harvest time, deer can get spooked at any time of the day.
“You get somebody who’s out there working a field and gets close to a cover area, they’ll start moving in the middle of the day and all of the sudden, you’ve got one in your ditch and it’s coming right at you,” Zwonechek says.
Zwonechek says highway safety engineers are trying a few new methods to limit car-deer accidents. Fencing seems to be helping in some areas, but it is expensive.
The best advice he says he can give is to be on the lookout for deer. Scan the shoulders and fields. If you spot one deer, there likely are more nearby. Don’t swerve to miss a deer. Drivers often lose control of their vehicles when they swerve. The best bet is to just plow ahead and hit the deer.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]