Madison (WKOW) -- From the Dane County Sheriff: Between Thursday and Friday, Dane County Sheriff's Deputies have responded to at least 5 vehicle vs. deer crashes.
Although this is not unusual in Wisconsin, the chill in the air and the changing colors remind us that it's time for our driving habits to change too.
The hours of daylight are less, farm equipment traffic is increasing on rural roads, and deer are on the move.
On Thursday, September 18th at 5:40 pm, deputies were called to a motorcycle vs. deer crash at 1436 STH 92 in the town of Primrose.
The driver, Douglas L. Syvrud, age 39 of Mt. Horeb, crashed his 1999 Harley-Davidson while negotiating a curve and then confronted a deer in the roadway.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash and was transported by Med Flight to UW Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 6:20 am today, deputies responded to a second motorcycle vs. deer crash on CTH PB near Walter Road in the town of Montrose.
The 60-year-old motorcycle operator was conscious but had suffered a head injury.
Motorcyclists are at increased risk when encountering deer in the roadway, but all drivers need to be vigilant.
Staying alert and aware is the key to safe driving this time of year.
According to the Department of Transportation, in 2006, 7 people died in vehicle vs. deer crashes in Wisconsin.
In addition, 84 people suffered incapacitating injuries, and 549 people suffered less serious injuries.