Tahlequah Daily Press

November 13, 2013

Deer Collisions

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — There is no recent data to determine the frequency of vehicle-deer collisions in Oklahoma.

Incidents were tracked until 2011, but the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office discontinued the practice because the Oklahoma Highway Patrol does not require the filing of an accident report in a collision with a deer, and many incidents are not reported by drivers.

The data collected for vehicle-deer collisions by the OHSO does include 2011 and earlier years.

There were 467 reported vehicle mishaps involving deer in 2011, which resulted in 184 injuries and two fatalities. The most recent five-year trend indicates a high of six fatalities due to accidents involving deer in 2009.

Among the accidents in 2011, 60.2 percent occurred at night, 72.6 percent were in rural areas, 95.3 percent involved a single vehicle and a single deer, and 22.9 percent occurred in November.

Six of the accidents occurred in Cherokee County, resulting in four injuries.