KENNEWICK, WA - The Washington State Patrol wants drivers to watch for deer on the roads this time of year.
Fall is mating and hunting season for the animals. Troopers say they respond to about five accidents per month involving deer.
State patrol says the most common areas for collisions involving deer are along State Route 240, between Kennewick and Richland, State Route 124 heading toward Dayton and in the Horn Rapids area.
Troopers say if you hit a deer and it's still alive, you should call state patrol.
"You want to definitely report it so we're aware there's a deer out there because we work together with the Department of Transportation--they'll go out there and remove the deer, bury it and get it off the road."
Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer:
- Use your high beams whenever the road is free of oncoming traffic
- Slow down where deer crossing signs are posted
- Never swerve to avoid a deer in the road
- If you do encounter a deer on the road, slow down and honk your horn to scare the deer away.