Wood County tops area for deer crashes

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WTVG) — As the weather turns colder, more deer are expected to migrate toward roadways. That leads to more vehicles crashing into deer during the first few months of Fall than at any other time of the year.

According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there were 18,302 vehicle/deer collisions across the state in 2018. A majority of those happened during the months of October, November, and December.

New numbers from AAA of Northwest Ohio break down 2018 deer strikes by county:

Wood 414
Williams 408
Defiance. 373
Lucas 340
Fulton 234
Henry 213
Paulding 203
Ottawa 181

As a reminder, if you hit a deer with your vehicle, AAA put out a news release recommending you take these steps:

- Following the collision, call the police.
- Avoid making contact with the deer/animal. A frightened or wounded animal can be dangerous and pose a threat when approached or might further injure itself.
- Activate the vehicle’s hazard lights whether it’s light or dark outside.
- If possible, move the vehicle to a safe location, out of the roadway, and wait for help to arrive.