During the cold, winter months, weather can easily cause accidents around Southeastern Ohio, but so can another culprit–deer.
Sgt. Clark Felix of the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said each year the post handles between 400 and 500 deer versus car accidents alone.
"It’s a year long thing," said Sgt. Felix. "It starts in January and ends in December. Even during the summer months in the middle of the afternoon there is no specific time of day. More so in the evening hours and the winter, but it’s possible to happen at any time during the year."
Sgt. Felix said it doesn’t matter where you are in the county, deer are just as common inside city limits as they are out in the country.
"A lot of times it can’t be avoided," he said. "You always have to look and if you see one, there are usually two or three behind it. If one crosses the road, slow down and be cautious, because there is probably more behind it."
Sgt. Felix said Muskingum County’s Wooded areas are home to many deer, making accidents common. He said it isn’t rare to see up to 10 deer versus car accidents in one evening.