Deer-vehicle crashes up 13 percent in Crawford County


According to information released this week by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Crawford County had 270 deer-vehicle collisions last year, a rise of 13 percent over 239 reported in 2013.

There were 245 reported in 2012.

In Morrow County, there were 199 car-deer collisions reported in 2014, a decrease of 10.8 percent from the 223 crashes reported in 2013.

Richland County had the second-highest total in the state, with 510 reported in 2014, 511 reported in 2013 and 535 reported in 2012.

Knox County had 300 crashes, an 11.5 percent increases from the 265 crashes reported in 2013. There was 265 reported in 2012.

Overall, 19,705 deer-vehicle crashes were reported in 2014, down 2.5 percent from the 20,201 crashes in 2013, (20,999 in 2012).

Researchers at the Ohio Department of Public Safety, there were four related fatalities and 798 injuries last year in Ohio. There were eight fatalities and 968 injuries in 2013 and six deaths and 1,014 injuries in 2012.

According to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about 200 fatalities are caused by deer-vehicle collisions each year in the U.S.

By Chris Pugh

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