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Missouri deer accidents draw attention

October 24, 2000
By: Ben Davis
State Capital Bureau
Links: Lots of people experience the feeling of a deer between their headlights in Missouri. Ben Davis has the story from Jefferson City in 3,2,1.

Last year the Missouri Department of Conservation reported over eight thousand motor vehicle accidents involved deer.

During the Fall mating and hunting season the majority of deer related auto accidents occur says executive director of the Missouri Insurance Information Services, Calvin Call.

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RunTime: 15 sec.
OutCue: crossing the road
Contents: October to January is the most important time to look out for the deer crossing the road.

A Safety tip from the Missouri Department of Conservation to help avoid deer related accidents is to drive slowly in creek bottoms and heavily wooded areas.

Reporting from Jefferson City, Ben Davis.


The state of Missouri's Conservation Department is successful in decreasing the number of deer caught in the headlights. Ben Davis has the story from Jefferson City in 3,2,1.

Deer related accidents in Missouri dropped six percent in 1999.

However state highway patrol accident reports revealed over eight thousand wrecks involving deer last year.

Missouri Insurance Information Services executive director Calvin Call says the public awareness has played a role in the decrease.

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RunTime: 13 sec
OutCue: the deer accident
Contents: We, conservation and law enforcement have done a lot to try to increase public awareness about the deer accident.

The conservation department in Missouri hopes that heightened awareness will continue the decline of deer wrecks in the state.

Reporting from Jefferson City, Ben Davis