DWR urges drivers to slow down due to daylight saving time

Oct 23, 2023, 6:37 PM | Updated: Nov 3, 2023, 9:47 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 5 is the start of shorter days and longer hours, meaning a dark commute to and from work, with less visibility. November is also when Utah sees the highest number of deer crashes.

Blair Stringham, migration initiative coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said as the temperature drops, wildlife is journeying to the valleys to find food.

“They are being more active. They are also a lot more likely to run into us or be hit by cars,” Stringham said.

DWR said migration for deer is during April, May, October and November, which means there could soon be a deer in your headlights.

“The highest likelihood of hitting a deer is kind of that sawn and dusk time frame it when we can’t see very well,” Stringham said. “It’s when deer are moving to find bedding areas to the bed of the day or to move to their feeding sights, so we caution people to slow down, especially if you are in an area where you know deer are more likely to be.”

As of mid-October, DWR reported over 3,000 crashes involving deer in Utah. There are usually around 10,000 of these crashes every year.

“There’s definitely a safety component for us as well as animals on the roadways,” Stringham said. “Another big factor is finances, so the estimates are several million dollars in damage to vehicles alone in Utah, so it can be big cost savings if you just pay attention.”

DWR has some tips to keep you and wildlife safe this fall.

  • Make sure you are alert while driving during all hours of the day.
  • Pay attention to wildlife crossing signs and never have any distractions behind the wheel.
  • If you hit an animal, pull off the road with your hazards on and call 9-1-1.

“A lot of our housing is right in deer habitat and as we see development along the Wasatch Front as we put in more roadways, more infrastructure,” Stringham said. “It’s going to be an ongoing issue, so the more we can learn to live with them and pay attention, the better off us and the deer will be.”

KSL 5 TV Live

Outdoors & Recreation

Gorilla, Pele at Utah's Hogle Zoo...

Shara Park

Utah’s Hogle Zoo announces this years new arrivals

From rescued cougar cubs to a baby gorilla expected to arrive this summer, there are exciting things happening at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

2 days ago

A fire pit at Zion National Park’s South Campground...

Carter Williams

Zion National Park begins ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ to repair historic campground

Construction to repair and rehabilitate Zion National Park's aging South Campground is now getting underway, park officials say.

9 days ago

Trash along a Utah highway...

Alex Cabrero

Cleaning up Utah is South Jordan man’s mission

Plastic bottles, tires, paper, and all sorts of trash just piled up along the sides of roads, highways, and especially the interstates.

9 days ago

The new Border Campground on the Utah side of Bear Lake that's being built....

Mike Anderson and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Bear Lake State Park is opening new areas to keep up with growth

State park managers for both sides of Bear Lake are preparing for the crowds that continue to grow every year with a new beach and renovated campsites.

11 days ago

For the third year in a row, Arches National Park is testing a timed entry system to spread out cro...

Daniel Woodruff

Will timed entry system at Arches National Park become permanent?

For the third year in a row, Arches National Park is testing a timed entry system to spread out crowds throughout the day.

13 days ago

Skiers on chair lifts at the Beaver Mountain Resort....

Mike Anderson

Easter storm brings a big boost for ski resorts as skiers hit the slopes

The gloomy, wet Easter Sunday turned into a solid ski day Monday at some of Utah's resorts.

13 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

DWR urges drivers to slow down due to daylight saving time