Rising river and creek waters in the Tri-State are causing wildlife especially deer to have to move to higher ground and become more active.  Drivers need to be extra cautious-->Talking with Ron Rhodes this morning he warned that deer in the area would be more active than normal due to the heavy rainfall over the next week.  Many creeks will be flooding pushing deer out of their habitats and leaving them to search for a safe place.

What does this mean for drivers?  When traveling the parkways and country roads drive with extra caution.

Here are some tips to avoid collisions from DMV.ORG:

  • Slow down when passing yellow animal-crossing signs. These warnings are posted not because road crews just happened to have a surplus of signs, but because heavy animal traffic frequents the area.
  • Wildlife is most active during dusk, dawn, and night. Deer are most frequently hit during dusk and dawn, bears and moose at night.
  • Headlights have an illumination range of 200 to 250 feet. To allow for sufficient brake time, reduce your speed to 45 mph at night―or even down to 30 mph when roads are icy.
  • Pay attention to shoulders. Even though wildlife may be off to the side as your car approaches, animals may suddenly attempt to flee by inexplicably leaping into the road. (Jackrabbits are particularly suicidal.) Slow as you approach, and don't hesitate to hit the horn.
  • Look for reflecting eyes.

Please be safe friends!