The number of collisions involving motor vehicles and deer increased by almost 40% in Fulton County from 2005 to 2006.
Statistics from the Ohio Insurance Institute, an insurance industry trade association, indicate that in 2005, there were 219 vehicle-deer collisions in Fulton County. That number jumped to 304 in 2006, a 38.81% increase.
Between 2004 and 2005, altercations between autos and deer were down by 6.41% in Fulton County, from 234 to 219. The 2006 figure of 304 collisions is the highest since 2003.
While the Fulton County percentage of increase is the highest in the four county area, Williams County had the most vehicle-deer crashes in each year from 2003 to 2006. In 2006, OII statistics show there were 485 vehicle deer crashes there.
Looking at the four county area there were 1,399 vehicle deer collisions in 2006, up 23.37%.
Across the state, OII figures show there were 28,240 crashes, up 3.15% from the 2005 total, which was 27,377.
In a press release, OII officials say that during 2006, vehicle-deer crashes caused 12 deaths, and 1,024 injures.
Hamilton County, in southwest Ohio, had the highest number of vehicle-deer mishaps, with 717. Monroe County, in southeastern Ohio, had only 31 vehicle-deer collisions in 2006.