The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has seen an increase in the number of car collisions with animals in recent days. State Troopers have responded to several crashes throughout the state and officials want to remind motorists of the dangers associated with driving during this time of year.
“With cooler temperatures, we have seen an increase in wildlife movement around state roadways. Our goal is to remind motorists to use caution when driving, especially in rural areas”, stated OHP Captain George Brown.
Department officials want to remind drivers to remain cognizant of the possibility of animals running onto the roadway. Some of the best ways to reduce injury in collisions with wildlife, is to obey speed restrictions and wear safety belts at all times. Drivers should also scan areas for animals near the roadway as part of their safe defensive driving routine.
If you become involved in a crash, be sure to maintain “situational awareness” and reposition your vehicle in a safe location near the scene, such as an improved shoulder. Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights and call 911 or *55 on your mobile phone. A Trooper will be dispatched to your location to assist in reporting.